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Strasburg vs. hitters … sort of

Feb 27, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg threw his first session of live BP today.

[Updated with some quotes from Strasburg]

VIERA, Fla. — Cross another milestone off the Stephen Strasburg checklist. The kid has now thrown to live batters.

Actually, we have to assume they were alive, because nothing Willy Taveras, Derek Norris, Roger Bernadina or Eric Bruntlett did while standing at the plate against Strasburg today resembled physical activity. They basically just stood there and watched pitches go by.

Don't worry, this was by design. On a cold, windy, rainy Saturday morning, the last thing anybody wanted to do was get jammed by a 98 mph Strasburg fastball. The purpose of today's "live BP" session was merely to allow Strasburg to get a feel for pitching off a mound withRead more »

  1. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    It's going to be interesting to see how much armor hitters will be wearing when facing Strasburgs heat this summer. JT in SC

  2. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    That's a striking photo, Mark. Thanks.

  3. Anonymous - Feb 27, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Handcuffed batters that weren't swinging?

  4. Mark Zuckerman - Feb 27, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Yeah, like when a batter starts backing off the plate because he thinks a pitch is coming in high and tight, then before he realizes it, it breaks right back into the strike zone. They may not have been swinging, but had they wanted to, they wouldn't have been able to.

  5. ckstevenson - Feb 27, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    That's not called being "handcuffed", that's "bending knees", "breaking ankles", etc.

  6. Andrew - Feb 28, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    Whatever it is called I know it as AWESOME! Thanks again Mark!





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