Shortly before our Monday baseball segment on WISE Sports Radio, Stephen Strasburg re-signing with the Washington Nationals hit the news machine. It’s an encouraging start to baseball’s winter meetings, which has traditionally been where big offseason news occurs but has been disappointingly quiet the past couple of years.
Pat Ryan and I also discussed the Modern Era Committee’s inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller. Not as flashy or controversial as last year, when Harold Baines was voted in. Miller, in particular, has been long deserving for his role in forever changing baseball’s economics.
Of course, I had to let my Detroit Tigers bias show by speaking up for Lou Whitaker. It’s disappointing that Sweet Lou didn’t get enough votes, but I can’t get outraged about it.
I also probably should’ve talked more about Strasburg re-signing with the Nats when he had a chance to go elsewhere. This shows the Nats are trying their best to keep the World Series championship band together, but also Strasburg’s apparent desire to play for one team for his whole career. With Strasburg anchoring their starting rotation, the Nats should be competitive for years to come.