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MLB ROY favorite Keibert Ruiz can’t win because he’s not a rookie

Keibert Ruiz was a key part of the deal last July that sent Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers and gave the Washington Nationals their catcher of the future.

He is so highly regarded that several sportsbooks listed him as one of the favorites to win National League Rookie of the Year.

There’s only one problem. Sports betting offers a bet that literally cannot win. Ruiz is ineligible for Rookie of the Year as he is no longer considered a rookie, MLB confirmed to Action Network.

There are two key numbers that a player must reach in order to exhaust their rookie eligibility. The first is plate appearances or innings. Ruiz only has 96 career at-bats, which is below the 130 at-bat threshold. The other threshold is days on the major league roster. His 64 days between 2020 and 2021 are more than the required 45 days.

Under the rules so far, Ruiz would still have a chance to win the award. Prior to the 2020 season, days on the September major league roster did not count towards the number due to expanded rosters.

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“As there was no ‘September callup’ period this year, service days on the major league roster will include September 2020. So any player who has been on the active roster of one or more major league clubs for more than 45 days during the 2020 season or will no longer be considered a rookie in previous seasons prior to September 1.”

The changed rule remained in effect in 2021, meaning the 30 days in September and three days in October count towards Ruiz’s rookie eligibility. The change will remain in place for 2022 and beyond, according to an MLB spokesman.

BetMGM, PointsBet and DraftKings all had Ruiz listed 5/1 to win the NL Rookie of the Year, behind only Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz and Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki. Barstool Sports, WynnBET and BetRivers posted him at +650. FanDuel’s odds were the longest at 9/1.

Keibert Ruiz is held in such high regard that several sportsbooks have listed him as one of the favorites to win National League Rookie of the Year.
Keibert Ruiz is held in such high regard that several sportsbooks have listed him as one of the favorites to win National League Rookie of the Year.
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Caesars Sportsbook was the only book not to list Ruiz as a betting option on March 29th. Caesars originally listed Ruiz as an option on March 10, but he was only posted 50 minutes before being taken off the board. Caesars has not accepted bets on his victory.

Action Network has reached out to each sportsbook for comment on the bug and how they will handle bets previously placed on Ruiz.

FanDuel plans to refund bets placed on Ruiz. BetMGM will also void all bets on Ruiz. He was the sixth most player to win the award at BetMGM.


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DraftKings pulled Ruiz off the board but did not immediately respond for comment.

It is important to know how each sportsbook will handle this. While it is easy to assume that bets will be void and refunded for the error of the sportsbook, that may not be the case for all.

Under Rookie of the Year – and only Rookie of the Year – BetRivers states “All bets stand, others on request.” Sometime between 9:00am and 9:30am ET the odds for NL Rookie of the Year were drawn . There has been no comment on bets previously placed on Ruiz.

Ruiz’s status was no secret. The popular statistics and information website Baseball-Reference says in his bio “Rookie limits crossed in 2021 season.” He is not listed in the top 30 prospects for the MLB Pipeline for the Nationals, a website owned and operated by the league.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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