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Capps is All-Star, Strasburg is not

Jul 4, 2010, 4:42 PM EST

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Matt Capps, dumped by the Pirates in December, is now an All-Star with the Nats.

[UPDATED AT 5:57 P.M.]

Matt Capps arrived in Washington in December determined to prove the Pittsburgh Pirates made a collosal mistake by not tendering him a contract. On Sunday, he solidified that case with definitive proof of his worth: A spot on the All-Star team.

Capps, not rookie Stephen Strasburg, was selected to represent the Nationals in Anaheim next week, chosen by his peers after an impressive first half that included 22 saves.

"That's what you play for. You play to be the best," the right-hander said. "To be recognized for it is extra special."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who was tasked with naming the final 10 members of his National League roster, said he did give strong consideration to Strasburg. Ultimately, the 21-year-old's lack of experience — he's 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA in six big-league starts — overshadowed his dominance and celebrity.

"He is going to be an All-Star for a long time," Manuel said during the All-Star Selection Show on TBS. "What does he have, [six] starts? I just felt there are other guys who have started 18 to 20 games. I justRead more »

  1. Andrew - Jul 4, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Capps deserved it along with Willingham and Pudge. Doesn't the Padres closer have 23 saves?

  2. Hondo69 - Jul 4, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    I'm very happy for Matt. He's had a fine 1st half. However, to me it's a joke that Josh Willingham wasn't selected. He's had a career ist half, ranking high in a lot of offensive categories while also being greatly improved in the field. Hopefully, he'll be on the Final Man voting list.

  3. Hondo69 - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    With all due respect to Zimm, David Wright and Scott Rolen had much better 1st halves and deserve to be on the team. IMHO, Josh Willingham has been simply tremendous, as I just stated. To me, Hammer and Joey Votto are the two most underrated players in the NL. At least Votto got nominated to be on the final 5 list.

  4. natsfan1a - Jul 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    I'm happy for Capps, too, and I'm sure his dad would be very proud. Was hoping that Hammer might get a nod as well.On a related note, I was happy to see former Nat Marlon Byrd selected. Always liked him, and he has been having a great year with the Cubs.

  5. Cwj - Jul 4, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Congrats to Capps!

  6. Sam - Jul 4, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Capps has been good this year, but he definitely was not the most deserving National. It's really a shame that Willingham didn't make it. He has been the best player on the team, hands down, all year long.

  7. N. Cognito - Jul 4, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Matt Holiday over Willingham?! Manuel is a moronic d-bag.

  8. Anonymous - Jul 4, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    It should have been Willingham…thank goodness no Strasburg he does not deserve it, yesterday he looked more like Zach Day than Jesus!

  9. Anonymous - Jul 4, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Vote Carlos Gonzalez and Nick Swisher for the final spot!!!

  10. Cwj - Jul 4, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    @Anon4:16 – Oh yeah Stras was terrible yesterday. I say send him to AAA.

  11. raymitten - Jul 4, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    How is Omar Infante an all star?? Is Charlie Manuel considering Oliver Perez for an alternate?

  12. Anonymous - Jul 4, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    I left the game in the bottom half the fourth with the score 8-0. I could not stand to watch this pathetic team any longer. They are a major embarrassment. Beyond that, the heat was insufferable.

  13. phil dunn - Jul 4, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    The Padres have about four or five relief pitchers way better than Capps and not one made the All Star game. Capps has a big saves number but his stats are not impressive.

  14. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 4, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    I've seen Matt Capps' wife. With or without an All-Star appearance, this guy is having a very, very good year.

  15. Steve M. - Jul 5, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    N. Cognito said… Matt Holiday over Willingham?! Manuel is a moronic d-bag. AGREEED!

  16. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    The Nats are over 10 games below 500. I hate to break to Natstown but cellar dwellers don't get to send multiple all-stars even when they are having "career years."

  17. Bonnie Jo - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    How is Omar Infante an all star?? Is Charlie Manuel considering Oliver Perez for an alternate?No, he's considering Ian Desmond…





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