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Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: April 7, 2011 11:43 am

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Rob DibbleStephen Strasburg has as good an arm as the big leagues have ever seen, but he also has a Little League dad, former MASN color analyst Rob Dibble said.

Granted, Dibble said something stupid last year when he said Strasburg to "suck it up" before it became known that the Nationals' right-hander would need Tommy John surgery and was subsequently ousted from the Nationals' broadcast booth -- but he's not backing down from those comments (that he previously backed down from), but more on that later.

Dibble said recently on a video interview with that it was an e-mail from Strasburg's dad that got him kicked out of the MASN booth.

"It was basically Strasburg's father [who] e-mailed the owner and basically was offended by what I said," Dibble said in the interview (and transcribed by the D.C. Sports Bog). "Now remember, I said that on my own radio show on another network, and his father e-mailed the owner and the owner wanted me out of there. So that's the bottom line."

Dibble said he wasn't exactly fired -- that he's still being paid by MASN. He added that even though he said last year his comments were "inappropriate and disrespectful," he's backtracked on that, standing by his original comments -- not his backtrack.

"It had nothing to do with the game he got hurt in Philly. He had a sold-out game against the Braves, and the people I worked with at MSN were excellent, we followed his workout regimen -- which was fantastic," Dibble said. "His warm-up was fantastic. He didn't do any of that the day that he basically walked away from the Braves start, which was sold-out. And all the money that the Nationals were making per start on Strasburg was well over seven figures. So to me, you know what kid? You've got to suck it up."

Dibble still has a show for XM/Sirius, but don't expect Strasburg (or his dad) to appear on that show anytime soon.

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Since: Jun 25, 2012
Posted on: June 25, 2012 12:55 pm

Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

Dibble was briefly a mediocre MLB pitcher, never reached that level as an MLB broadcaster, and doesn't seem likely to do so as a simple human being any time soon either.

Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:33 am

Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

what you think you gonna get from one of the Nasty Boys ???

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:28 am

Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

He's funny to listen to.

I've been a fan since The Dan Patrick Show.
Just don't take him too seriously and you'll like him.

Also, he was right about Strausberg.
Mike Leake was killing it on the first week for the Reds, and this 55million dollar pitcher was going through the farm system. Yeah, I'm calling him a bust. 

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:47 am

Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

i agree....

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:02 pm

Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

I like Dibble, and I wish he was back!  If his comment created that much of a reaction, than this planet is much dumber in numbers, than I could have only had nightmares about.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:17 pm

Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

Whatever got him fired, I'm grateful.  Now if we could just get him odd baseball this morning I could get back to enjoying that show again.  Dibble is a blowhard, which is probably why he has to shuffle through partners on radio.  He is all about keeping his nasty boy image.  I'll say it if no one else will. Dibs, your day has passed.  Get the money while you can.  No one will put up with it if you stop coloring (read greasing) your hair.

Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:56 pm

Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

I enjoyed Dibble's commentary and insights in his Nats broadcasts, and he is missed.  Sorry to learn an interfering father of a yet to be proven phenom was the cause of his dismissal, and that the Nats' ownership/management knuckled under to such non-sense, instead of working it out.  For a new franchise still struggling to build a fan base in a tough market, I would think the Nats would also be interested in a good broadcast team that can hold fan interest.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:42 pm

Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

Strasburg's daddy should meet Eric Lindros' dad... cut from the same cloth.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:44 pm

Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

Even when Rob Dibble was on the Reds as one of the nasty boys he was aggressive and pitched through a lot of nick's and bruises. He spoke out honestly and daddy did not like what he had said about Stevie. The only thing is the Nationals wanted daddy happy to bad so sad for Dibble. Most of us would have said the very same thing. By the way the Braves won.

Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 4:24 pm

Dibble says Strasburg's dad got him canned

   It sounds like Dibble was right on this one - he was just making a call in a situation while not knowing all the details. I would have told Strasberg to "suck it up also".
    Beyond that, Dibble has always had that aggressive personna that carried him to the Majors and a clubhouse fight and altercation with Lou Pinella. Even while on Dan Patrick's radio show a few years back Dibble was pushing that "tough guy -macho personality". Maybe it got him in trouble here.

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