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Infielder Jamey Carroll was never the most gifted athlete on any of his teams. In fact, it took Carroll six years to make his debut in the majors at the age of 28 after being drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1996.
Throughout his 11-year career, Carroll has displayed a measure of grit that belies his 5’11”, 175-pound frame, serving in whatever capacity that was needed for his team to succeed.
Carroll was only with the Los Angeles Dodgers for two seasons, but he quickly became one of the more popular players because of his all-out hustling style of play.
In the years I’ve watched Carroll play, not once have I ever seen him give up on a play. Even when he hit a one-hop grounder directly to the first baseman he would run as fast as possible to first base.
Carroll may not be a star (he's almost assuredly the least talented player on this list), but he's made up for his limitations with his never-ending drive.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.