Ryan Franklin spent more than 15 seasons trying to become anAll-Star, wending through Bellingham and Appleton and Port City,working as a starter, middleman and setup guy, waiting for thatspecial night to hear the PA announcer call his name, jog to thefoul line and tip his cap.The St. Louis closer got summoned last summer and proudly tookhis place during pregame introductions, a first-timer at age 36. Soit’s easy to understand how he feels about the big questionlingering over next month’s game.Should Stephen Strasburg make it this year as a rookie? A rookiewith only a few weeks in the majors, at that.“No chance. No chance. You can’t be an All-Star if you’vepitched six games. It just ain’t right. He’s got a tremendousfuture, but he’s not an All-Star,” Franklin said. “I just don’tthink it’s fair.”Fair enough.Forget, too, this is billed as the fans’ game. Never mind theWashington ace is now the brightest light in the baseball universe,a phenom so electric President Barack Obama recently came over toNationals Park for a look.No, skip all that. There’s a better reason why Strasburg shouldabsolutely be Stars-burg when rosters are announced Sunday: He canhelp the National League finally win one of these games.It’s been awhile. The last… Read full this story
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