Stephen Strasburg Announces Retirement From Baseball

Photo: Instagram/Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg, the talented right-handed pitcher who helped lead the Washington Nationals to their first-ever World Series championship in 2019, has officially retired from Major League Baseball. 

The retirement comes after Strasburg reached a settlement agreement with the Nationals, though the exact terms remain undisclosed.

In a heartfelt statement, Strasburg expressed gratitude for his baseball journey, acknowledging that persistent injuries have made it impossible for him to continue playing at the highest level.

Photo: Instagram/Stephen Strasburg

He thanked his coaches, teammates, and the Nationals' organization for their support throughout his career, emphasizing the significance of fulfilling his childhood dream of winning a World Series. Strasburg's retirement announcement comes after a battle with thoracic outlet syndrome, which sidelined him since the 2022 season. 

Despite efforts to return to the field, ongoing health issues led to his decision to step away from the game. The 35-year-old pitcher was owed more than $100 million over the next three years, but the Nationals and Strasburg reportedly had disagreements over financial terms, delaying the retirement announcement.

Mark Lerner, the Nationals' team owner, expressed support for Strasburg's decision, recognizing his contributions to the franchise and ensuring he receives what is due to him.

During his MLB career, Strasburg started 247 games, boasting a 3.24 ERA and an impressive 4.37 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2019 World Series after delivering standout performances on the mound. Despite his shortened career due to injuries, Strasburg made three All-Star appearances and won a Silver Slugger Award in 2012.

The Nationals have planned a celebration of their historic 2019 World Series victory during the weekend of April 19, coinciding with their series against the Astros. The event will feature participation from former players, including ceremonial first pitches, line-up card deliveries, and autograph sessions, though the specific alumni attending have not been announced yet.

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Source: CBS Sports 


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