Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie Sensation Corbin Caroll will play in the MLB All Star Game
Arizona Diamondbacks' rising star, Corbin Carroll, is set to make his mark on the baseball world as he joins Ronald Acuña Jr. and Mookie Betts as a starting outfielder for the National League in the upcoming MLB All-Star Game. This marks the first time in history that both the American League and NL will feature a rookie in their respective starting lineups during the same season.
A long life dream came true for the outfielder, however, the announcement of Carroll's selection as an All-Star starter came shortly after losing 6-1 in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays, where he left the field due to a shoulder injury. D-backs manager Torey Lovullo classified the injury as day-to-day, leaving fans hopeful that Carroll will be fit to participate in the upcoming showcase event. Carroll's path to the All-Star Game was not without its challenges. Alongside fellow Diamondbacks outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Carroll was among the five finalists competing for the last two starting spots in the NL outfield. Despite the fierce competition, Carroll emerged victorious, securing his place among the league's top outfielders. This milestone achievement holds special significance for Carroll, who grew up in Seattle and spent countless hours attending games at T-Mobile Park with his family. Returning to his hometown as an All-Star player adds an extra layer of excitement and nostalgia to the experience. Carroll's inclusion as a starting player also sets a remarkable precedent within the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He became the first D-backs rookie position player to earn a starting role in the All-Star Game, following in the footsteps of left-handed pitcher Wade Miley, who achieved this distinction in 2012. Furthermore, Carroll's selection breaks a notable drought for Arizona outfielders, as the last Diamondbacks outfielder to start the Midsummer Classic was Luis Gonzalez back in 2001. Entering the 2023 season, Corbin Carroll held high expectations as the second-ranked prospect in all of baseball. His outstanding performances on the field and dedication to the Diamondbacks earned him national recognition. Carroll's commitment to the team was solidified by signing a long-term extension, ensuring his presence with the Diamondbacks until at least 2030. Corbin Carroll's impact as a rookie has been substantial, both individually and within the context of the team's success. Carroll is tied with Tampa Bay's Wander Franco for second place in MLB for W.A.R., trailing only Ronald Acuña Jr. Carroll's W.A.R. of 3.9. In just his 102nd career game, Carroll reached the milestone of 20 career home runs and stolen bases. This achievement places him as the second-fastest player in MLB history (combined NL and AL) to accomplish this feat, trailing only Fernando Tatis Jr. Carroll has also undoubtedly played a part in the team's offensive prowess, as the team ranks highly in several offensive categories, including runs scored (No. 5), team OPS (No. 6), and stolen bases (No. 6). The stage is set for Corbin Carroll to shine alongside outfielders Ronald Acuña Jr. and Mookie Betts in the NL starting lineup, forging an unforgettable trio and leave a lasting impression on the 2023 MLB All-Star Game.