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former japanese professionals and the ROY award

Posted on: February 3, 2008 8:44 pm
 
we all know that former japanese professional baseball players are eligible for the mlb ROY award.  is it really fair?  one would ultimately assume that Kosuke Fukudome of the chicago Cubs would be the early prediction for the NL ROY award.  he is 30 years old and has like 9 years of professional experience prior to entering this season.  the questions i am asking is should former japanese professionals be eligible for this award?  i have heard diffferent comparisons for the japanese leagues with most coming in as having it comparable to AAA.  however some believe the elite league in japan (the one fukudome, Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, etc., played in) as more like a AAAA league.  i know this toopic has been debated before on numerous occasions but it has never really been relevant to cubs fans.  now it is.  as a cubs fan i would love to see fukudome play great baseball and win the ROY award, but more so just play great baseball.  what is everyone elses take on the situation?
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Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2008 12:08 am
 

former japanese professionals and the ROY award

I think you have to include the professionals that played in Japan in the conversation for rookie of the year. I mean, the award is named after Jackie Robinson, who played professionally in the Negro Leagues with the Kansas CIty Monarchs before joining the Dodgers, but still, never played in the Major Leagues, therefore keeping his eligibility for the award.. It's a MLB award, and therefore, if you haven't played in the majors, you should be eligible. Just my two cents.

 




Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2008 9:12 pm
 

former japanese professionals and the ROY award

i agree completely.  but it seems evertime a foreign player is up for a ROY award there is always a group who is oppossed to it.  would they say the same about a 30 year old who comes up to the bigs after a career in the minor leagues and tears it up?  i doubt they would but who wants to be fair right?



Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2008 4:20 pm
 

former japanese professionals and the ROY award

Yea I mean it's the MLB rookie of the year award. A rookie is someone who is in their first year with the league. He has not been in the MLB therefore he is eligable for the award.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2008 12:35 am
 

former japanese professionals and the ROY award

excellent point don.  that is the way i look at it as well.  if the guy has been playing for year it doesnt matter as long as it wasnt years in the mlb.  it is the mlb ROY not professional baseball's ROY.  so i think we are looking at it the same way.  others i am sure will disagree.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2008 11:52 pm
 

former japanese professionals and the ROY award

Itll be interesting to see two Cubs compete for NL ROY, because if im not mistaken I believe Soto qualifies no? I can see how people feel that 20 something y/o guys may get shafted by a 30 something who comes in and wins the award, but they both have the same MMLB expirence so whats the problem?



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2008 10:30 pm
 

former japanese professionals and the ROY award

If a guy spends 9 years in the minors, comes up and is great...you'll give him the award. So why not Japanese players. It's not like the minor leagues aren't proffesional baseball too.

If it's your first year in the MLB, and you are the best one of the bunch...you deserve the ROY.  



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