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Monday, September 28, 2020

MLB rookie status for 2020 amended

The original rule called for players to be considered rookies so long as they had not (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues; or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the period of the 26-player limit (excluding time on the injured list).

With the season shortened and roster sizes of 28 for the vast majority of 2020, the rule has been amended as follows:

1. Because there was no “September callup” period this year, days of service on the Major League roster will include September 2020. So any player who accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 2020 season or during previous seasons prior to Sept. 1 will no longer be considered a rookie…

2. Both Rookies of the Year for 2020, as selected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, will be ineligible to repeat as winners in 2021, even if they otherwise qualify for consideration.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2020 at 09:50 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rally Posted: September 28, 2020 at 10:53 AM (#5979348)
I don't know who, but probably some seemingly still eligible players will not be eligible due to the 45 day rule. Without the service time restriction, I could see Devin Williams (27 IP, 8 hits, 53 K, not a misprint) winning this year, and having only 40.2 career innings, be eligible for 2021.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: September 28, 2020 at 04:49 PM (#5979437)
Sept time didn't used to count?
   3. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 28, 2020 at 10:56 PM (#5979488)
Sept time didn't used to count?

Mike Trout played in 40 games in 2011. It looks like he was up from July 8-29, then from Aug. 19 through the end of the season (Sept. 28). That's more than 45 calendar days on the active roster. And then he was Rookie of the Year in 2012.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: September 28, 2020 at 11:33 PM (#5979489)
Sure, but he's Mike Trout, he can do anything!
   5. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 29, 2020 at 04:11 AM (#5979497)
Earlier this summer someone floated the idea that this shortened season could lead to a player winning back-to-back Rookie of the Year awards. That made me wonder if anyone had even received votes for ROY in multiple seasons in the past.

Todd Worrell was one guy I checked on, because I remember that he was already the closer (or co-closer) for the Cardinals in the 1985 postseason and then won Rookie of the Year the next year. He didn't get any votes in 1985 though. He pitched in 17 games (all but one in the month of September) but because he was a reliever, he only had 21.2 innings.

Neftali Feliz had a 1.74 in 20 games (31 IP) in 2009, then won ROY in 2010. No votes in 2009 though.

Kenley Jansen had a 0.67 ERA in 25 games (27 IP) in his "pre-rookie" 2010 but got no votes. He got a few in 2011.

Joey Devine's an interesting one. He got a few ROY votes in 2008 and finished 6th. He also pitched in 2005 (5 games, 5 IP), 2006 (10 games, 6.1 IP) and 2007 (10 games, 8.1 IP). That's not so many innings, but probably a lot of un-counted roster time.

Tom Henke did something similar two decades earlier. He finished 7th in ROY voting in 1985, but he had already pitched in 1982 (8 games, 15.2 IP), 1983 (8 games, 16 IP), and 1984 (25 games, 28.1 IP). Actually, I don't know how he qualified in 1985, as he had already pitched 60 innings in the majors and the limit is 50. Either they changed the rules, or he got some illegal votes.

Edinson Volquez got some illegal votes in 2008. He had already thrown 80 innings over three seasons before that. Oops.

The only player I found who received ROY votes in more than one year was Gregg Jefferies: He finished 6th in the ROY voting in 1988 after hitting .321/.364/.596 in 29 games (his 1.3 WAR was better than Mark Grace, who finished second), and then finished 3rd in 1989 with an unimpressive .258/.337/.434, 0.7 WAR.
   6. Rally Posted: September 29, 2020 at 07:29 AM (#5979501)
He pitched in 17 games (all but one in the month of September) but because he was a reliever, he only had 21.2 innings.

That's about double the number of innings a typical reliever gets in a month today. At some point in the future, that will be a full season workload for a closer. Or as some might call the job, the 9th inning two out guy.

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