Sunday’s roster announcement for the Major League All-Star Game includes two former Kane County Cougars as San Diego pitcher Huston Street, along with Detroit infielder Miguel Cabrera, were selected to the National League and American League squads, respectively.
This year’s game, to be held by the Cougars’ parent club, the Kansas City Royals on July 10, will be the 16th straight Major League All-Star Game to include at least one former Cougar. Here’s a capsule look at both 2012 Major League All-Stars who wore Cougars jerseys as minor league prospects.
P Huston Street – San Diego Padres. Street will make his first Major League All-Star Game appearance, and is the Padres’ lone representative on the N.L. squad. This season, the right-handed closer is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 11 saves. An eight-year big league veteran, Street has converted 189 of 227 career save opportunities.
“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.
As a Cougar – In ’04, Street was 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 9 games for the Cougars.
3B Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers. Despite being only 29 years old, this is Cabrera’s seventh All-Star Game selection. Cabrera entered Sunday batting .315 with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs, numbers that put him at the forefront of AL third basemen.
As a Cougar – In ’01, Cabrera batted .268 with seven home runs and 66 RBI to help bring Kane County its first-ever Midwest League championship that season.
Former Cougars as MLB All-Stars
2011 – Josh Beckett , Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier
2010 – Andrew Bailey, Miguel Cabrera, Trevor Cahill, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez
2009 – Andrew Bailey, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez
2008 – Ryan Dempster, Adrian Gonzalez
2007 – Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera
2006 –Miguel Cabrera, Edgar Renteria
2005 – Miguel Cabrera, Luis Castillo, Scott Podsednik, Dontrelle Willis
2004 – Miguel Cabrera, Edgar Renteria
2003 – Luis Castillo, Edgar Renteria, Dontrelle Willis
2002 – Luis Castillo, Randy Winn
2001 – Charles Johnson
2000 – Ryan Dempster, Edgar Renteria
1999 – Alex Gonzalez
1998 – Edgar Renteria
1997 – Charles Johnson