For the second year in a row, the A's have the AL Rookie of the Year. Huston Street follows up Bobby Crosby's win from last year.
It also marks the fourth year in a row that the AL Rookie of the Year is a product of the A's farm system. 2003 winner Angel Berroa was traded to Kansas City in the Johnny Damon/Mark Ellis trade, while 2002 winner Eric Hinske was traded to Toronto for Billy Koch.
Joe Blanton and Nick Swisher finished tied for sixth. Dan Johnson did not receive any votes. I would have voted for Johnson before Swisher, but I guess Swisher gives the writers who vote on this award better quotes or something.
I do agree with the writers giving the award to Street. Yeah, Blanton had a higher VORP, but Street came in and did something special. Was there any reliever in the American League, with the possible exception of Mariano Rivera, who was better than Street last year? Blanton established himself as a solid pitcher, but Street showed himself to be an elite one. It's a rare achievement, and very much worthy of celebration.
In 1986-88 the A's won three straight ROYs: Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, and Walt Weiss. It was also a sign of good things to come; with that core of young players in place, the A's went on to win three straight pennants.
That worked out quite well. Hey, let's do it again. Daric Barton, anyone? Andre Ethier? Dan Meyer?