Has a Rookie Ever Won the World Series MVP? Will Corbin Carroll Be the First?

Published 10/30/2023, 7:50 AM EDT

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A World Series MVP is one of the greatest achievements for a baseball player. Coming to the rookies, this becomes a more valuable award to honor their performance in their very first year. However, the path to this esteemed title is not smooth, as the competition runs high. With the beginning of the postseason, only the brightest performance and stats get awarded with the MVP. It’s most special for rookies because they have no previous experience to draw attention. However, whether a rookie ever got this award is a factual question here.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are on their dream run this season. However, mostly the team is dependent on their rookies, especially Corbin Carroll. He joined the team in 2022, and within one year, he has been leading them towards breaking their second championship title. As a potent contender for this season’s MVP, will he be the first rookie player to get the WS MVP trophy?

Corbin Carroll is On His Run to Join the Elite Company

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As the D-backs have been walking to the World Series path, Carroll’s opportunity to be the MVP of the season is getting stronger. However, the fight is tough even there. The list contains powerful names like Adolis Garcia, Corey Seager, Tommy Pham, Merrill Kelly, and many others. So, to surpass them, the rookie must perform exceptionally.

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It’s not yet confirmed whether Carroll will get the award or not. Even if he wins, he won’t be the first rookie player to win it. Instead, he will join the elite company of the rookies who have won it previously. This list has players like Jeremy Peña (2022), Livan Hernandez (1997), and Larry Sherry (1959). All three players have won the WS MVP award in their rookie season.

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The stats of the 23-year-old D-backs rookie are strong enough for a hard fight. Even during the rocky regular season, he has maintained a .868 OPS and a .285 average. In the postseason, he was on fire with 10 RBIs, a .844 OPS, and a .296 average. He led his team through the NLCS fight against the Philadelphia Phillies and is even doing his best to contribute to the team’s World Series journey. He played his part well in the Game 2 win against the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

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D-Backs Washed Off the Rangers in Game 2

After a devastating start of Game 1, no one really expected the Snakes to make a return of a 9-1 victory. While Merrill Kelly was the star of the day with nine strikeouts and only one run, other players also played their part well in the game. Gabriel Moreno hit a go-ahead homer, and Tommy Pham went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Besides that, Corbin Carroll also had a pair of RBI singles to lead his team toward their first win of the series.

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While the Diamondbacks are eyeing the ultimate championship win for the second time, the Rangers are fighting it out to break their World Series drought. Moreover, the D-Backs rookie is also fighting with veteran players of the team and rivals for the WS MVP title. The outcomes will be cleared within a few days. Until then, you can share your opinions with us about who will get the MVP award this season.

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Antara Bhattacharyya

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Antara Bhattacharyya is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. With a graduation degree in English literature from a reputed institution, she has been actively involved in content writing for quite some time. Her love for sports writing dates back to her college days, and today, she has cemented her place with astute coverage of Major League Baseball.
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