What’s Up With Dan Murphy?

Marty Noble got a great question in his mailbag regarding Dan Murphy’s rookie status for the 2009 season.

Once a player exceeds 50 innings pitched or 130 at-bats in the Major Leagues he loses his rookie status. Further more, if a player has more than 45 days on a Major League roster before September 1st, he also loses his rookie status.

Here was Noble’s reply:

Murphy retained rookie status in terms of days on the roster. He was promoted on Aug. 2, so he had 30 days service before Sept. 1. But his pinch-hitting appearance — he struck out — in the eighth inning of the final game increased his at-bat total to one over the limit. Had he walked, he would be eligible for the 2009 Rookie of the Year Award.

Wow, one stupid at-bat… what was Jerry Manuel thinking…

Just kidding Jerry, keep on keeping on…

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