‘3264억 먹튀’ Strasberg cancels retirement ceremony over remaining salary concerns
Conflict with clubs demanding ‘renegotiation’
In 2008, Major League Baseball (MLB) had a “tanking” contest in which teams intentionally lowered their performance. The goal was to acquire right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg (35-photo) for the first overall draft pick given to the last-place team in the league. The winner of the tanking race was Washington, which lost 102 of 162 games in a season.
Strasburg has been plagued by injuries, including undergoing elbow ligament splicing surgery (Tommy John surgery) just 12 games after his MLB debut in 2010, but when healthy, he’s been an “ace”. In 2019, he led Washington to its first World Series (WS) title since its inception. He was also named the Series Most Valuable Player (MVP). When Strasburg became a free agent after the 2019 WS, the Nats gave him a seven-year, $245 million contract, the largest ever for a pitcher.온라인바카
It was a mistake. Strasburg pitched a total of eight games in free agency. He finally announced his retirement on March 25. At the time, the Nats kept things cordial, announcing that they would retire his number 37. Thirteen days later, the mood turned cold. On August 8, the Washington Post and other US media outlets reported that the Nats had announced that they were canceling Strasburg’s retirement ceremony, which was scheduled for the 10th.
The reason: money. Strasburg’s side demanded all of his remaining $150 million (approx. KRW 14.01 billion) in salary, while the team countered that they needed to renegotiate. The Athletic noted that “MLB teams carry insurance for situations like this. But because of Strasburg’s colorful injury history, the Nats were unable to purchase insurance.”