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Riggleman leans no on Strasburg all-star berth

Having broadcast the opinions of a great number of current and ex-Major Leaguers on the Straburg All-Star game question, figure I should pass on the current thinking of his manager. Jim Riggleman obviously goes out of his way to stick up for his players, but he showed a bit of hesitance when asked the All-Star question on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio Friday.

"Any time you have a player you want to sing their praises and do the politically correct thing and pump them up, give them accolades about [how] they deserve the honor," Riggleman said. "But in this case, this is a little different. You've got a lot of guys out there who may never get on an All-Star team again, but they've actually earned it this year. This is the 2010 All-Star game. It's not who's gonna be the best player ever; it's 2010, and who's earned it.

"And if Charlie [Manuel] thinks that a combination of Strasburg earning it and that the win or the loss in the game is meaningful and maybe he can help him win the game....It does matter if you win or lose now for home field in the World Series, so Charlie may take that into consideration. But if you put a gun to my head and said should he or shouldn't he, I would probably say no."

As I've previously said, I think the bad of listening to three more days worth of debate on this subject and having to watch Strasburg squirm through all the questions about it outweighs the good of getting another chance to see him on the national stage, so I'm with Riggleman. Let him go take a break somewhere, away from the bloggers and their transcription devices.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 2, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
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such an interesting question. I'd love to see him there, giving the Nationals more of the positive exposure he'd gotten them. But I also don't know if he's "earned" it. Of course, if he goes out tomorrow and K's 14, I'll be thinking he's earned it :)

I'd rather not rush him into anything, but when watching him, all I can think is, you just can't base what to do with him on what others have done. He's so far ahead of where most any kid ever has been, mentally, control wise, pitch quality, etc., that sometimes I feel we all spend too much time trying to prevent him from being great even quicker than our plans would allow :)

Posted by: Rogueone | July 2, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Since Riggle the Robot will NEVER manage in a World series..and will be short lived managing the current DC TITANICS....what the hexx does he care whether Manual (a likely WS NL manager)has the best chance to get home field advantage...having SS available for an inning.... If Riggle had a clue how to manage offense...or defense..or pitching for that matter......SS could very well be 5-0.

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | July 2, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Since the All-Star game determines home-field matters and people who would ACTUALLY HELP need to be on the roster

Having Strausberg helps the NL period....he should be on

Posted by: Bious | July 3, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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