The $15 million man

The deadline was Monday at midnight. At 11:58 and 43 seconds, Stephen Strasburg–who is supposedly the best pitching prospect in a generation–agreed to sign with the Washington Nationals. The last place team signed the number one draft pick for $15.1 million for four years, plus incentives, which was half again as much as the previously biggest contract for a draftee. I blogged about Strasburg’s pitching prowess earlier.

Nationals fans now have something to feel good about and someone to get their hopes up. Do you think this is a good way to spend that kind of money?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

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  • JonSLC

    Mark Prior is another name to think about. As a Cubs fan, I was thrilled by his success in 2003, when the Cubs were on the brink of winning a pennant. Prior came out of college ready to pitch in the majors, as Strasburg. Yet consistent injuries nagged Prior, and a few weeks ago he was released by the Padres. Strasburg could be different, granted. Still, there are no sure things.

  • JonSLC

    Mark Prior is another name to think about. As a Cubs fan, I was thrilled by his success in 2003, when the Cubs were on the brink of winning a pennant. Prior came out of college ready to pitch in the majors, as Strasburg. Yet consistent injuries nagged Prior, and a few weeks ago he was released by the Padres. Strasburg could be different, granted. Still, there are no sure things.


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