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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Kevin Carroll had baseball background, played 5 seasons

Kevin Carroll 1990 Columbia Mets card
Kevin Carroll signed on with the Cortland Crush for 2017 as an assistant coach and the team was glad to have him, according to their Facebook post.

"We are very fortunate to have a coach with Kevin's baseball background on our staff," team manager Bill McConnell said in the post. "Proven as a player and as a Coach, Kevin is one of the best baseball men that I've had the opportunity to work with. Our players will learn a tremendous amount from him."

Carroll brought with him experience in five professional seasons as a player. He then had a long stint as an assistant coach in high school. As a player, he never made it past AA.

Carroll's career began in 1989, signed by the Mets as a free agent out of Siena College in New York State. He previously attended Onondaga Community College and LaFayette High School near Syracuse.

Carroll graduated from LaFayette in 1985 and he later made the school's Hall of Fame. He then moved on to Onondaga, where he hit a two-run home run in an April 1987 game. He moved to Siena for 1988 and 1989.

He started with the Mets in the rookie Gulf Coast League. The catcher hit .209 over 37 games. He then played 1990 between single-A Columbia and high-A St. Lucie. He saw another 37 games and hit just .133. Carroll returned to St. Lucie for 1991 and saw 35 games. He scored in a June game.

He moved to the Red Sox and high-A Lynchburg for 1992 and got into a career-high 68 games. He hit .131. He saw his final time in 1993 at AA New Britain. He played in 56 games that year to end his career.

Carroll then went into coaching. He served as assistant head coach Fabius High School near Syracuse from 2000 to 2016. He then coached at Cortland in 2017.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,954
Made the Majors:1,092-37.0%
Never Made Majors:1,862-63.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 453
10+ Seasons in the Minors:273

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