LA Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler (29) ranked third in the 2018 National League (NL) Rookie of the Year award. He played in 24 games (137⅓ innings) with 8 wins, 5 losses, and a 2.62 ERA with 151 strikeouts, but only one vote for the first place. It was behind Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves) and Juan Soto (then Washington Nationals, now San Diego Padres). Both players are outfielders.
It seems that Buehler still has regrets at that time. On the 17th, CBS Sports in the U.S. said, “Buehler wants to create a rookie award just for pitchers.” One Rookie of the Year award will be given to each league, and Buehler wants a separate Rookie of the Year award for pitchers and hitters,’ he said.
Buehler, who aims to return next month after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, made the comment on the podcast “Just Baseball Show” earlier this week. “I think there should also be a Cy Young Award for newcomers,” Buehler said. Not that I had to get it, but I was third in the Rookie of the Year behind Acuña Jr. and Soto. Both players are over generations, but they didn’t throw the ball. So who am I competing with? “Let’s give Fernando Valenzuela Award to the best rookie pitcher,” he suggested.
This year’s rookie of the year has been named the “Jackie Robinson Award” since 1987 to commemorate the achievements of Jackie Robinson, the first major league rookie award winner in 1947. Buehler came up with the idea of giving the rookie pitcher of the year award separately after Dodgers legend pitcher Valenzuela. Valenzuela is a legend who led the Dodgers to the World Series by winning the NL Rookie of the Year award and the Cy Young Award in 1981, and his number 34 was permanently canceled last week.
Buehler made this claim because the Major League Rookie of the Year award is disadvantageous to the pitcher. Except for Shohei Otani (LA Angels), who has been pitching and hitting, only one pitcher out of 12 rookie pitchers in the two major leagues over the past six years since 2017. Bullpen pitcher Devin Williams (Milwaukee Brewers), who won the 2020 NL Rookie of the Year award, is the only one.
Outfielder Corbyn Carroll (Arizona Diamondbacks) in the NL this year and shortstop Gunner Henderson (Baltimore Orioles) in the American League (AL) are likely to win the Rookie of the Year award. The most recent case in which a starting pitcher won the Rookie of the Year award was in 2016 AL Michael Fulmer (then Detroit Tigers, now Chicago Cubs). Jacob deGrom (then New York Mets, now Texas Rangers) was the last in the NL in 2014.
CBS Sports said, “These days, winning the Rookie of the Year award is more than just winning a trophy.” Players who ranked first to second in the rookie of the year will be given a one-year service time qualification regardless of the number of active roster registration days. If one batter and one pitcher is selected for this year’s Rookie of the Year by league, the players’ union will naturally like it because more players are guaranteed service time,’ he explained.
According to the new Major League Baseball Labor-Management Agreement (CBA) signed in March last year, players who ranked first to second as rookies of the year will be recognized for one year (172 days) of service time regardless of the call-up period. The system is aimed at preventing the case of Chris Bryant (Colorado Rockies), who received the NL Rookie of the Year award at the Chicago Cubs in 2015 but was delayed by one year because he failed to complete the service time by a single day.
If there was a separate rookie pitcher, George Kirby (Seattle Mariners), the only pitcher to win the AL Rookie of the Year award last year, could have filled a year of service time to advance the FA acquisition period. Last year, Kirby failed to meet a year of service time due to a lack of 21 days.
CBS Sports said, “I like Buehler’s idea regardless of the impact of service time. I’m in favor of separating the batter and pitcher rookie award. It would be nice to award a player who played his best at-bat and on the mound, respectively,’ he supported. Just as there is a separate Cy Young Award for pitchers in addition to MVP, which is almost monopolized by batters, it remains to be seen whether the rookie of the year will be divided into pitchers and batters. 토토사이트