Snub of Mets Mike Pelfrey should end Stephen Strasburg All-Star campaign

Ronald MonestimeCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 20:  Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets looks on against the New York Yankees on June 20, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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As with All-Star selections in any sport, the announcement of the players chosen to participate in MLB’s 81st Midsummer Classic on July 13 has stirred debate all across the country; particularly among those who have supported and opposed the inclusion of pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg on the National League squad.

But although the 21-year-old Strasburg has had the baseball world buzzing since his major league debut last month, the decision by Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel to leave Strasburg off the National League roster was the wisest one because it was based on merit rather than hype.

“I looked there and I felt like, in my opinion, and I'm not his manager, but at the same time he's a young kid,'' Manuel said. “I say let him pitch and let him get his feet on the ground in the major leagues and kind of let him earn his way.''

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