Stephen Strasburg, All-Star? Not So Fast
Not so fast, say Joe Morgan and Dusty Baker.
"There are too many players who have been here all year, pitchers who have done well," Morgan told FanHouse on Monday. "They should be given first shot."
Morgan, a Hall of Famer and 10-time All-Star, had nothing but good things to say about Strasburg's ability, but he didn't think he deserved to go to the All-Star Game after not even reaching the majors until June.
"I think he's going to be a great pitcher, like everyone else thinks. He's going to be great, but that shouldn't make you skip things," Morgan said. "I was here when J.R. Richard pitched and no one wanted to put him on the All-Star team after he struck out 15 in his first game.
"I've seen phenoms before. I don't think there's any doubt he's going to be a great pitcher, but I don't think you should come here and leapfrog guys who have been doing this all year."
Baker, the Reds manager, played in two All-Star Games and managed another. He also said that Strasburg hasn't pitched enough to be considered an All-Star.
"Is that enough? In my opinion, not yet," Baker said before the Reds played the A's. "He'll be there. All he has to do is stay healthy and breathe and he'll be there."
Baker said that Strasburg shouldn't be put on the team just because of his popularity.
"How 'bout let's go with who deserves it?" Baker said. "Isn't that what the All-Star team is supposed to be about? I'm still an idealist."