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Corbin Carroll’s ROY legacy in MLB’s all-time rankings

Oct 11, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks Corbin Carroll (7) slides safely back into third base against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their National League Division Series game at Chase Field.
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Quickly after the 2023 Rookie of the Year winners were announced, with Corbin Carroll taking the crown in the National League and Gunnar Henderson in the American League, the MLB released their all-time ROY rankings.

Ranked 27th on the list was Corbin Carroll, who finished behind Orlando Cepeda, a Hall of Fame first baseman who won Rookie of the Year all the way back in 1958 with the Giants.

Notable names on the list that finished above Carroll and are currently still playing include Corey Seager at 20th, Shohei Ohtani at 15th, Jose Abreu at 13th, Pete Alonso at 8th, Aaron Judge at 5th, and Mike Trout at 3rd.

Coming in at #2 was Ichiro Suzuki, who was also named MVP his rookie season, and at #1 was none other than Jackie Robinson.

Shifting back to Corbin Carroll, it could be easily argued that he should have been higher up on the list, just solely based on the records that he broke.

Not only did Carroll lead the MLB in triples, steal 54 bags, and score 116 runs, but he also became the first player in MLB history to record 25 or more home runs, 10 or more triples, and more than 50 stolen bases in a single season.

Carroll’s efforts in the postseason also already solidified him as a Diamondbacks legend; unfortunately, at least for Rookie of the Year sake, those statistics are not taken into account.

This was pointed out in MLB’s reasoning for Carroll’s ranking, “And while it didn’t count toward his regular-season resume, Carroll was the best player on an Arizona club that shocked the baseball world by making it all the way to the World Series.”

Nevertheless, to be ranked 27th on a list of 154 players is not too shabby.

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