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.
July 2, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
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