Rob Dibble Fired by Nationals in Wake of Stephen Strasburg Comments
Dibble, a color analyst on Nationals games, criticized Strasburg during his Sirius XM Radio show last month for not pitching while hurt, as the Washington rookie had two stints on the disabled list with arm ailments.
"So for me, a little bit has to be put back on Strasburg here," Dibble said. "OK, you throw a pitch, it bothers your arm, and you immediately call out the manager and the trainer? Suck it up, kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow. ... Stop crying, go out there and pitch. Period."
Those comments were delivered before Strasburg was diagnosed last week with a ligament tear in his elbow, which will force him to undergo Tommy John ligament replacement surgery Friday. The surgery and the subsequent rehab will likely keep Strasburg, the first overall choice in the 2009 draft, out for 12-18 months.
The Nationals had brought Strasburg along slowly, limiting his innings to build up his arm strength. Dibble's comments came two days after Strasburg was pulled from a game, complaining of soreness in his elbow. It was the last time he would pitch this year.
Dibble, who formerly worked at ESPN Radio, had been shelved from the booth last week after making sexist comments about two women having a conversation while sitting in the stands. Ironically, Dibble was criticized in a Washington-area magazine for being a homer during telecasts, frequently saying "we" when describing game action. Dibble will be replaced at least temporarily by former New York Mets third baseman Ray Knight, a pregame analyst on Nationals telecasts.
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