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Should Kazuo Matsui Be Considered A Rookie?
Should Kazuo Matsui Be Considered A Rookie?
By Mark Rubin

Date: Nov 10, 2003

Going into Monday’s Rookie of the Year announcements, Hideki Matsui was considered the heavy favorite to take home the award despite the issue that he wasn’t exactly anyone’s definition of a rookie. Except for Major League Baseball that is. When the voters from the Baseball Writers Association made Angel Berroa their choice however, they opened a window of opportunity for MLB to change their policy on Japanese players.

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