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It’s ‘show’ time for Carroll

For Brett Carroll, a dream came true Sunday, June 17.

The former Bearden and Middle Tennessee State University standout made his Major League Baseball debut with the Florida Marlins as the starting center fielder.

Despite going 0-for-3 at the plate against the Kansas City Royals at KC, it was a memorable experience for the 24-year-old.

“Its humbling walking into that clubhouse,” Carroll said. “It’s something I will remember for the rest of my life. Just seeing that atmosphere was great and now everything is under a microscope.

“There are cameras in the dugout, you can’t do anything stupid because everything is magnified,” he added. “You can’t hide anything anywhere, so that will take some getting used to.”

The following day, the first of a three-game set in Chicago against the White Sox, Carroll started in right field. He went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored two runs. Through six games, five starts, (as of June 24), the outfielder is hitting .158. Defensively, he’s made 17 put-outs with two errors.

“I still have a lot of work to do because I think I can get a lot better. Just take it one day at a time and keep improving,” Carroll said. “Whatever happens happens, but I’m excited about what the future is bringing.”

The former 10th-round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft by the Marlins started the season in Double-A Carolina before being called up to Triple-A Albuquerque. He combined to bat .288 with nine homers and 40 RBIs between the two teams.

Right now, Carroll’s goal is simple: “Just take it one day at a time and stay up here,” he said. “I’m trying not to look up and just focus on one pitch at a time. Play hard everyday and just let the hard work shine.”

This past week has been an unforgettable week for the 6-foot, 190-pounder.

“You can’t even describe it with words,” Carroll said. “It’s always a clichéd saying that it’s such a dream.

“But it is everything I thought it would be and more.”


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