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Stephen Strasburg Unlikely To Appear In All-Star Game, Sparking Debate Anew

In spite of the case made by our own Jeff Sullivan, Stephen Strasburg was nowhere to be seen on the All-Star Game rosters announced on Sunday, and he isn't on the final vote ballot, either. (Check out Federal Baseball, our Nationals blog, to see how Nats fans are reacting.) He does still have a chance to make it in case of injury or an enforcement of the new "Sunday start" rule.

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Every year, we debate the purpose of the All-Star Game -- to what extent is it the plaything of baseball fans, and to what extent is it a noble effort to reward players with the best performances? Let's give it another go.