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Torre against Strasburg as All-Star

Torre against Strasburg as All-Star

SAN FRANCISCO -- Put Dodgers manager Joe Torre in the camp of those opposed to giving Washington Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg an All-Star berth.

"Is he not a potential super pitcher? Sure. But I don't think he's been here long enough," said Torre. "There are other guys out there. The fact he makes the team and somebody else who's been playing since April shouldn't be on it? I don't think that would be the right thing."

Torre said the argument that Strasburg might be the best pitcher to help the National League win -- and earn the league home-field advantage in the World Series -- doesn't sway him.

"I don't buy it," he said. "Just because he's on the team doesn't mean they're going to win. I have nothing against the kid; he's very special from what I've watched. I just think that's overkill if that's the process. I think for the few players that have a terrific first half, they may never do it again and they should be rewarded."

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