By Joe Stiglich
Saturday, August 2nd, 2008 at 4:43 pm in Uncategorized.
If the A’s take a lead into the ninth inning tonight, keep an eye on who Bob Geren calls for out of the ‘pen. Geren has taken the full-time closer’s role away from Huston Street for the time being, saying he wants to have some flexibility to go with the hot hand for the ninth inning. He mentioned Brad Ziegler and lefty Jerry Blevins as two of the guys he might use to close games other than Street, who he still considers an option in save situations. Street chatted about the situation before tonight’s game and, not surprisingly, isn’t thrilled.
As I’ve written here before, the A’s should use the rest of this season to take a long look at their young players to see who fits where looking ahead to ’09. This move certainly is a step in that direction. But if Street doesn’t re-assume the regular closer’s role by season’s end, where does that leave him in the team’s future plans? I have a feeling there are some strong opinions out there on this topic …