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MLB restores Mike Trout’s rookie status

Dec 2, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

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Cliff Corcoran from notes that MLB has decided Mike Trout will be Rookie of the Year eligible in 2012 despite having apparently lost his rookie status due to a technicality.

As the Orange County Register’s Sam Miller originally pointed out last month, Trout was technically credited with 55 non-September days on the Angels’ active roster last season, eclipsing the rookie limit of 45. However, in actuality, Trout was on the roster for just 38 of those days, with the remaining 17 coming because of service time he was credited with after a short-term demotion to Triple-A.

MLB apparently has cleaned up that technicality now. While Trout will still have 55 days of service time for accounting purposes, only the time he spent on the active roster will count against his rookie status. He’ll be one of the AL’s ROY favorites next season, even if he opens the year in Triple-A as currently planned.

  1. lyon810 - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    As an Angels fan, I say once more, who cares

    • natstowngreg - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      It doesn’t matter in the great scheme of things. Doesn’t mean he will be elected ROY. It was just unfair to Trout to lose the chance to be ROY on a technicality. Glad they fixed it.

    • lostsok - Dec 2, 2011 at 11:05 PM

      Agree with natstowngreg. This isn’t “important” in the big picture, but getting things accurate and fair IS important, and this is just one small aspect of that. Good job by MLB to clean this up quickly and quietly.

    • explodet - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      Mike Trout, I imagine.

  2. Detroit Michael - Dec 3, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Given that this “decision” only affects Trout’s eligibility for an award voted on by the BBWAA, one wonders why this is MLB’s decision to make.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Dec 3, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Because the BBWAA only votes for whomever MLB has determined are rookies.

  3. Charles Gates - Dec 3, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Sounds fishy.

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