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Rookie Of The Year Newsbeat

Monday, August 10, 2020

Could Casey Mize win the Rookie of the Year award twice?

Jayson Stark poses a question in his latest article at The Athletic: would it be possible for a player to win the Rookie of the Year Award twice due to the truncated 2020 schedule? As it turns out, it is absolutely within the realm of possibility.

Unless some changes in the rules occur between now and when the votes are cast, one could qualify for the honor both in 2020 and 2021 if certain conditions are met. Sure, it is very unlikely this could happen, but what I’m saying here is there is a chance. Here are the conditions that would disqualify a player from earning the award a second time.

• Log 45 days or more on a big-league roster before Sept. 1.

• Pitch 50 innings or more.

• Roll up 130 at-bats or more.

In a 60-game season that could also see further games trimmed due to COVID-19, it is clear how easily a rookie could get hot and still stay below these thresholds. The first bullet point is mathematically impossible, while the second is plausible for a starting pitcher and the last condition being fairly easy to reach, depending on when that player first took the field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2020 at 01:40 PM | 13 comment(s)
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