Monday, November 07, 2005

Huston Street named AL Rookie of the Year

Just 3 days after picking up the Players Choice Rookie of the Year award, Huston Street has now picked up the official American League Rookie of the Year award, giving the Oakland A's 2 back-to-back Rookie of the Year winners in Bobby Crosby and now Huston Street :

Street, a 22-year-old closer, becomes the seventh A's player to win the
award and the second in a row, following shortstop Bobby Crosby's honor in 2004.
He might be young, but Street has been around enough to know he couldn't
have won this award as a ninth-inning hero without help.
"To me, it says a
lot about my team and my teammates," Street said. "As a closer, you have to
recognize the fact that it takes eight innings of winning baseball to get you
into the position to get your job done."
Street finished the 2005 season with a 5-1 record, recording 23
saves in 27 opportunities. He posted a 1.72 ERA -- second only to the Yankees'
Mariano Rivera (1.38) among AL closers -- and registered 72 strikeouts in 78 1/3
innings, while allowing opponents a meager .194 average against him.

After replacing injured Octavio Dotel as the A's closer in May, Street
helped Oakland climb from 15 games under .500 to playoff contention. Street converted all 18 of his save opportunities after the All-Star
break, the longest such streak by an A's closer since Dennis Eckersley went for
40 in a row in 1991-92.

Emphasis added by Condition Oakland


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