SBD/Issue 239/Sports Media

Dibble Off Two Nats Broadcasts After Strong Strasburg Comments

Dibble Has Been Critical
Of Strasburg's Latest Injury

MASN Nationals analyst Rob Dibble did not work last night's Cubs-Nationals game and will not work tonight's game against the Cardinals after some "controversial comments he made regarding Stephen Strasburg on his Sirius XM radio show," according to Adam Kilgore of the WASHINGTON POST. Nationals President Stan Kasten yesterday "shed some light" on Dibble's absence and "perhaps gave a not-so-thinly-veiled opinion of Dibble's comments." Kasten: "Rob asked for some time off. Perhaps he's not feeling well. But I'm not a doctor, nor have I seen his records. So I shouldn't say anything more about it." Kilgore noted Dibble "also found the spotlight recently for comments about a pair of women sitting behind home plate during a MASN telecast," for which he later apologized. Analyst Ray Knight is working alongside announcer Bob Carpenter for the telecasts (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 8/25). FANHOUSE.com's Josh Alper noted Dibble on his radio show Monday questioned Strasburg's "intestinal fortitude after he let the team know that his arm was hurting" during Saturday's Nationals-Phillies game. Dibble "opined that nothing was actually wrong with Strasburg outside of a shortage of the kind of guts they had in the good old days" (FANHOUSE.com, 8/25). Dibble said on the show, "You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow" (AP, 8/25). MLB.com's Bill Ladson cites a source as saying that Nationals officials were "not happy with Dibble's comments, but they did not take action to suspend him" (MLB.com, 8/25).

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