Padres' Street earns first All-Star berth

Padres' Street earns first All-Star berth

Padres' Street earns first All-Star berth
SAN DIEGO -- Padres closer Huston Street is heading to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for the 83rd Midsummer Classic on July 10.


Street, the Padres' lone representative, was named to the National League All-Star team during MLB All-Star Selection Show Sunday presented by Taco Bell on TBS. He is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and has recorded 11 saves for the Padres. Opponents are batting .119 against him this season.

"It's the Midsummer Classic, I grew up watching it. It's overwhelming, I don't think it's sunk in yet," Street said before Sunday's game at Coors Field against the Rockies.

National League roster
Starters
C Buster Posey, SF
1B Joey Votto, CIN
2B Dan Uggla, ATL
SS Rafael Furcal, STL
3B Pablo Sandoval, SF
OF Melky Cabrera, SF
OF Carlos Beltran, STL
OF Matt Kemp, LAD
Pitchers
RHP Matt Cain, SF
LHP Aroldis Chapman, CIN
RHP R.A. Dickey, NYM
LHP Gio Gonzalez, WAS
LHP Cole Hamels, PHI
RHP Joel Hanrahan, PIT
LHP Clayton Kershaw, LAD
RHP Craig Kimbrel, ATL
RHP Lance Lynn, STL
LHP Wade Miley, ARI
RHP Jonathan Papelbon, PHI
RHP Stephen Strasburg, WAS
RHP Huston Street, SD
Reserves
C Yadier Molina, STL
C Carlos Ruiz, PHI
1B Bryan LaHair, CHC
2B Jose Altuve, HOU
SS Starlin Castro, CHC
SS Ian Desmond, WAS
3B David Wright, NYM
OF Ryan Braun, MIL
OF Jay Bruce, CIN
OF Carlos Gonzalez, COL
OF Andrew McCutchen, PIT
OF Giancarlo Stanton, MIA

This is the first All-Star Game selection for the 28-year-old Street, who is now in his eighth Major League season and first with the Padres.

That the Padres are being represented by their closer in the All-Star Game isn't much of a surprise. San Diego closers have been pegged to play in the All-Star Game in six of the past seven seasons -- Trevor Hoffman (2006-07), Heath Bell (2009-11) and now Street.

"There's no coincidence that my first All-Star team was the year I got to spend time with Trevor Hoffman," said Street of the legendary pitcher, who is now a special assistant with the team.

Street, who missed 29 games this season with a strained right lat muscle, has converted all seven of his save opportunities since being reinstated from the disabled list on June 5.

Street has allowed a run in just three of his 21 appearances and has yielded eight hits in 20 innings with 26 strikeouts and six walks.

"I told him this is deserving even though you might not have the save totals of other guys, that his career has been indicative of All-Star type work," said Padres manager Bud Black. "There's been seasons where at this point I'm sure he's been in very strong consideration and to never have been picked is surprising. His body of work over his career is All-Star caliber.

This is a deserving nod, for sure.

Street -- who played with the A's (2005-08) and Rockies (2009-11) -- has converted 189 of 227 career save opportunities (83.3 percent).

"Every year, you're realistic. You know when you have a shot [to make the team], and then you don't," Street said. "I've had a few years where I thought maybe this was the year. But it's a win-win either way, you're going home to hang out with your family or you're going to the All-Star game.

"So this day is always special because either way you're going to be excited for somebody."

The Padres acquired Street from the Rockies on Dec. 7 for a player to be named later only days after Bell signed a three-year deal with the Marlins.

The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies begin at 4:30 p.m. PDT. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet via the 2012 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Vote during the All-Star Game on MLB.com.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.