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June 30, 2013

Ask Sports: How is Conor Gillaspie considered a rookie?

How is Conor Gillaspie considered a rookie? Didn’t he play in the majors years ago?

How is Conor Gillaspie considered a rookie? Didn’t he play in the majors years ago?

Gillaspie has played in 67 of the Chicago White Sox’s 77 games this season, starting most games at third base for the Southsiders.

Five years after he was picked in the first round of the MLB Draft out of Wichita State by the Giants, it might not be surprising that Gillaspie, who turns 26, is considered a rookie.

But when one takes into account his September callup by San Francisco in 2008, it seems like he should be considered a veteran.

Gillaspie made his first appearance on Sept. 6, 2008, and got his first hit on Sept. 16. He played in eight games that season, and then 21 more in the 2011 and 2012 seasons combined.

Those 29 games, however, are not the deciding factor for rookie eligibility.

From MLB’s rules, a player is still a rookie until he hits 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the majors.

Not a problem there as Gillaspie only had 44 at-bats before 2013.

A second criterion for eligibility is that a player must not have accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster during the period of the 25-player limit.

Gillaspie is in good shape there, too, as he only played in five June games in 2011 and six May games in 2012. The rest of his time in the majors came during the expanded roster periods of September in 2008 and 2011.

He was hitting .249 in 197 at-bats through Friday’s games.

UCLA has the most NCAA titles of any school. In what sports have the Bruins won championships? Which schools are next behind UCLA?

The Bruins’ first College World Series title was UCLA’s 109th official NCAA title.

Along with their most famous titles — the record 11 men’s basketball crowns — the Bruins have won titles in 17 sports: volleyball (19), men’s tennis (16), softball (11), men’s outdoor track (8), men’s water polo (8), women’s water polo (7), women’s gymnastics (6), men’s soccer (4), women’s volleyball (4), women’s golf (3), women’s outdoor track (3), men’s golf (2), men’s gymnastics (2), women’s indoor track (2), men’s swimming and women’s tennis.

That number does not include a vacated softball title or the football championship the school won as the top team in the UPI poll after the 1954 season.

After the Bruins, the schools with the most championships are: Stanford (104), Southern California (98), Oklahoma State (51), Arkansas (42), Louisiana State (42), Penn State (42), Texas (42), North Carolina (40) and Michigan (35).

Those numbers only include non-football, official NCAA titles, so some schools have had championships vacated.

Joshua Wood

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