Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Sporting News names Huston Street as AL Rookie of the Year

The article can be found here.
Street, 22, converted all 18 of his save opportunities after the All-Star
break and was an instrumental part of Oakland's climb from 15 games under .500
into playoff contention. In voting among 227 American League players, Street
beat out teammates Nick Swisher, Dan Johnson and Joe Blanton, as well as
Tadahito Iguchi of the White Sox and Robinson Cano of the Yankees.
out of the University of Texas in June 2004, Street worked his way through the
A's organization last summer and turned heads with a spectacular showing in the
Arizona Fall League. He made the big-league club this spring only because of an
injury to Chad Bradford, but he performed well enough in various relief roles to
earn a promotion when closer Octavio Dotel decided to have season-ending elbow
surgery in May.
No longer will Billy Beane have to shop around for a closer every single off-season. Street is more than capable and should be around for years to come.


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