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Change the rules for rookies

With all due respect to Japanese players, they shouldn't be considered for Rookie of the Year awards.

Originally Published: September 5, 2003
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

It's one of those debates that seems practically as suitable for a U.N. Security Council meeting as a Baseball Writers Association of America meeting. But it's a debate that doesn't want to go away.

The question is simple: Should a player from Japan be allowed to win the Rookie of the Year Award?

The answer isn't simple. Even now. Even after Hideo Nomo and Ichiro Suzuki and Kazuhiro Sasaki have already crossed the ocean and won their very own Rookie of the Year trophies. Even ...

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