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Stephen Strasburg says he wasn't deserving of All-Star nod

Jul 6, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg told reporters Tuesday that while he was flattered by the groundswell of support he received about his potential inclusion in next week’s All-Star Game, he didn’t feel like deserved to
be there
, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

“I have six starts [in the Major Leagues],” Strasburg said. “It didn’t
matter what I was going to do. I didn’t feel I was qualified to make the
team, No. 1, based on the experience that I have. I’m sure I’ll have an
opportunity down the road. It was never a goal of mine.

“You look at the guys that are going to the All-Star Game and look at
the years they have had, they have done that from Opening Day. I haven’t
been here since Opening Day. They deserve it. Hopefully, someday, I’ll
deserve it, too.”

No surprise, the young phenom is hitting all the right notes. I was all about Strasburg being in the game, just because I feel he is already one of the game’s best pitchers at this very moment, but I’m happy this pretty inconsequential issue can finally be put to bed.

Strasburg is scheduled to wrap up the first half of the season with a start against Matt Cain and the Giants on Friday.  

  1. davidc45629 - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Props to the youngster for saying the right thing. And he is right. He hasn’t earned All-Star status. I agree he has very impressive stuff and should succeed, but lets let the league at least see him once before we proclaim him the next Gibson. Haven’t we already done that once this season, see: Jimenez

  2. jwb - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    I disagree with Strasburg’s assessment of his All-Star worthiness. I completely agree with his attempt to keep his name out of the news for anything other than his his pitching prowess.

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