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Where is Steven?

July 4, 2010 - Mike Mathison

Charlie Manuel doesn't get it.

One would think the National League all-star game manager would put the best on his team to see if the NL can actually win the game for home field advantage during the World Series.

But, that is obviously not the case because Steven Strasburg will get the three days off next week.

One of the few pitchers that the public actually wants to see pitch will get the hiatus, will not be in Anaheim and gets to watch the game on TV, unless he has something better to do.

It's the fans game and Manuel chose to go elsewhere.

"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."

Earn his way? Really.

You mean earn his way like St. Lous outfielder Matt Holliday, who is batting .209 with runners in scoring position and has 39 RBIs – fourth-best on the team.

You mean earn his way like Atlanta utility player Omar Infante, who is hitting .311 in only 168 at-bats.

Strasburg has turned baseball a little sideways since his call in early June and would have created a fun buzz in Anaheim come next week, unlike Holliday and Infante.


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