In a remarkable show of talent and skill, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll and Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson have been unanimously named the 2024 MLB Rookies of the Year. This rare occurrence marks only the fifth time in history that both leagues’ winners have received a unanimous vote.
Carroll, 23, and Henderson, 22, began the season in the major leagues and quickly established themselves as promising young stars. Both players were ranked among the top 100 prospects in baseball and lived up to the high expectations placed upon them. Their outstanding performances not only earned them the coveted Rookie of the Year Award but also provided significant benefits for their respective teams, as part of the Prospect Promotion Incentive.
Carroll’s remarkable season positioned him as a strong contender for the National League Most Valuable Player award. With an impressive batting average of .285, an on-base percentage of .362, and a slugging percentage of .506, Carroll showcased his versatility and power at the plate. His 25 home runs and 54 stolen bases, the second-highest in the major leagues, solidified his status as a force to be reckoned with.
Henderson’s contributions played an instrumental role in the Baltimore Orioles’ impressive season, leading the team to a 101-61 record and an American League East title. Known for his combination of power and smooth defense, Henderson proved to be a valuable asset both offensively and defensively. His 28 home runs and 82 RBIs, along with his exceptional play at shortstop, solidified his position as a key player for the Orioles.
While Carroll and Henderson emerged as the clear winners, several other rookies showcased their talent throughout the season. Cleveland Guardians’ right-hander Tanner Bibee finished second in the voting and, despite debuting late in April, received a full year of service time. Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas secured the third-place spot with an impressive display of power and performance.
A Rare Occurrence in MLB History
The unanimous selection of both Rookies of the Year is a rare occurrence in MLB history. The last time such an event took place was in 2017 when Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger claimed the honors. This remarkable achievement places Carroll and Henderson among the ranks of other legendary pairs, such as Nomar Garciaparra and Scott Rolen in 1997, Tim Salmon and Mike Piazza in 1993, and Mark McGwire and Benito Santiago in 1987.
Revisiting their Journey
Carroll and Henderson’s journey began five years ago when they played together in a showcase of the best high school baseball players in America. Both players stood out, displaying their exceptional skills and potential. Little did they know that their paths would cross again in the major leagues, coinciding with their remarkable Rookie of the Year achievements.
Carroll expressed his pride in contributing to his team’s success and the reward of an additional first-round pick for the Diamondbacks. The young outfielder acknowledged the importance of team benefits over personal recognition, emphasizing his desire for the drafted player to become a future star alongside him. Carroll’s dedication and team-oriented mindset serve as a testament to his character and determination.
Henderson’s achievement as the Orioles’ first Rookie of the Year since Gregg Olson in 1989 holds significant historical value. The young shortstop’s transition to his natural position and impressive offensive output solidified his impact on the team. Henderson’s 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and remarkable defensive skills make him an integral part of the Orioles’ future success.
As Carroll and Henderson embark on the next stages of their careers, their Rookie of the Year honors set the stage for even greater accomplishments. With their exceptional performances and unanimous recognition, they have cemented their status as rising stars in Major League Baseball. The baseball world eagerly anticipates witnessing the continued growth and success of these talented young players.