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1. Huston Street
In 2005. Huston Street became the Oakland Athletics’ second Rookie of the Year in a row, following Bobby Crosby, who underperformed the rest of his career. Huston Street, on the other hand, became an elite pitcher. Street posted great numbers his rookie season, with an ERA of 1.72.
Throughout the rest of his career, Street would only post an ERA above 3.90 once. He was the Athletics closer during their 2006 playoff run and the Rockies closer in the 2009 run. Despite how elite he was in the regular season, Street struggled in the playoffs for both the A’s and the Rockies.
He was responsible for the last loss in the Tigers series sweep of the A’s in 2006 and both of the Rockies’ final two losses in 2009, losing all games in the 9th inning. I do not want to dwell on these painful memories for long, but it is important to bring them up.
Huston Street had enough of a clutch gene to be an elite closer, but that gene seemed to run out in the playoffs. Either way, Street’s elite, All-Star-caliber performances easily earn him the top spot on this list.
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