LAST JUNE, THE NATIONALS made hard-throwing righthander Stephen Strasburg the No. 1 pick in the draft.
Tonight, he'll make his major league debut against the Pirates.
Years from now, if he lives up to all the hype, he may become the first No. 1 pick to enter the Hall of Fame. Since the advent of the baseball draft in June of 1965, no top pick has made it to the Hall, although there are some familiar names that should get there before Strasburg.
1965: Rick Monday, c, K.C. Athletics 1988: Andy Benes, p, Padres
1966: Steve Chilcott, c, Mets 1989: Ben McDonald, p, Orioles
1967: Ron Blomberg, 1b, Yankees 1990: Chipper Jones, ss, Braves
1968: Tim Foli, if, Mets 1991: Brien Taylor, p, Yankees
1969: Jeff Burroughs, of, Senators 1992: Phil Nevin, 3b, Astros
1970: Mike Ivie, c, Pades 1993: Alex Rodriguez, ss, Mariners
1971: *Dan Goodwin, c, White Sox 1994: Paul Wilson, p, Mets
1972: Dave Robert, if, Padres 1995: Darrin Erstad, of-p, Angels
1973: David Clyde, p, Rangers 1996: Kris Benson, p, Pirates
1974: Bill Almon, if, Padres 1997: Matt Anderson, p, Tigers
1975: *Dan Goodwin, c, Angels 1998: Pat Burrell, if, Phillies
1976: Floyd Bannister, p, Astros 1999: Josh Hamilton, of, Rays
1977: Harold Baines, of, White Sox 2000: Adrian Gonzalez, 1b, Marlins
1978: Bob Horner, 3b, Braves 2001: Joe Mauer, c, Twins
1979: Al Chambers, of, Mariners 2002: Bryan Bullington, p, Pirates
1980: Darryl Strawberry, of, Mets 2003: Delmon Young, of, Rays
1981: Mike Moore, p, Mariners 2004: Matthew Bush, ss, Padres
1982: Shawon Dunston, ss, Cubs 2005: Justin Upton, ss, D-backs
1983: Tim Belcher, p, Twins 2006: Luke Hochevar, p, Royals
1984: Shawn Abner, of, Mets 2007: David Price, p, Rays
1985: B.J. Surhoff, c, Brewers 2008: Tim Beckham, ss, Rays
1986: Jeff King, if, Pirates 2009: S. Strasburg, p, Nationals
1987: Ken Griffey Jr., of, Mariners 2010: Bryce Harper, c-of, Nationals
*Was drafted, attended college, and then re-entered draft.
A bunch of known hooligans - soccer-speak for law-breaking morons - are getting a sweet deal in Pretoria, South Africa.
The group, about 60 strong, are devout fans of the Argentine team that opens World Cup play against Nigeria on Sunday. They are being housed and fed at Christian Progressive College for about $11 a day. In return, they have promised not to misbehave. Nice of them, huh?
Apparently, however, there are other Argentine hooligans who aren't as friendly.
The Associated Press reported yesterday that 10 of them were deported from South Africa to Angola after it was discovered that they were planning violence during the World Cup.
- Tom Mahon