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11/07/2005 2:02 PM ET
Street named American League Rookie of the Year
Is sixth Oakland rookie to win; seventh Rookie of the Year for the Athletics franchise
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OAKLAND, Calif. - Oakland A's closer Huston Street was named American League Rookie of the Year today by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Street was named on 25 of the 28 ballots, receiving 15 first place votes, six second place votes and four third place votes in balloting conducted by two writers from each American League city. He totaled 97 points, placing him ahead of New York's Robinson Cano (four first place votes, 57 points) and Tampa Bay's Jonny Gomes (two first place votes, 57 points). The A's Nick Swisher (two second place votes, six points) and Joe Blanton (one second place vote and three third place votes, six points) tied for sixth in the balloting.

The selection of Street gives the A's back-to-back BBWAA Rookies of the Year as Bobby Crosby won the award last year. It marks the fourth time an American League team has had consecutive Rookies of the Year and the second time the A's have done it (Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Walt Weiss, 1986-88). The other two teams are the Seattle Mariners in 2000-01 (Kazuhiro Sasaski and Ichiro Suzuki) and the Washington Senators in 1958-59 (Albie Pearson and Bob Allison). Street is the sixth Oakland player to win BBWAA Rookie of the Year honors and since the A's moved to Oakland in 1968, only the Los Angeles Dodgers, with 10, have more Rookie of the Year award winners. Harry Byrd won the award for the 1952 Philadelphia A's, giving the Athletics franchise seven Rookie of the Year winners overall. Street becomes the third closer to be named AL Rookie of the Year, joining Sasaki (2000) and Gregg Olson (1989).

This is the third major off-season award for the 22-year old Street, who has already been named AL Rookie Player of the Year by The Sporting News and received the Players Choice Award for the AL's Outstanding Rookie.

Street led Major League rookies with 23 saves and set an Oakland rookie record for saves, breaking the mark of 12 set by Rollie Fingers in 1969. His saves tied for seventh most ever by an AL rookie and were the fourth most ever by a player 22 years old or younger. Street converted 23 of 27 (85.2%) save opportunities, including all 18 after the All-Star Break, which is the longest streak by an A's closer since Dennis Eckersley set the Oakland record with 40 consecutive saves from September 15, 1991 to August 7, 1992. The right-hander was 5-1 and posted a 1.72 ERA, which was second best among all AL relievers and third lowest in Athletics history based on a minimum of 70 innings pitched.

Street was on the A's Opening Day Roster after being selected as a compensation pick following the first round of the 2004 First Year Player Draft. He became the first Athletic to make his Major League debut within a year of being drafted since Ariel Prieto went straight to the Majors in 1995. Street took over as the A's closer when Octavio Dotel was injured in late May.

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