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Player Spotlight: Hall of Famer, ROD CAREW

Career highlights and awards

  • 18× All-Star (1967–1984)

  • AL MVP (1977)

  • AL Rookie of the Year (1967)

  • Roberto Clemente Award (1977)

  • 7× AL batting champion (1969, 1972–1975, 1977, 1978)

  • Minnesota Twins No. 29 retired

  • Los Angeles Angels No. 29 retired

  • Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame

  • Angels Hall of Fame

Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Induction: 1991

Vote Received: 90.5% (1st Ballot)

(Seen here is a "card that never was" or a custom re-creation of Rod Carew seen here early in his career with the Minnesota Twins made and contributed for this blog story by Kevin Stiffler)

Rodney Cline Carew (born October 1, 1945) is a Panamanian former MLB 1st baseman, 2nd baseman, and coach who played from 1967 to 1985 for the #MinnesotaTwins and the #CaliforniaAngels. The greatest contact hitter in Twins history, he won the 1977 A.L. #MVPAward, setting a Twins record with a .388 batting average. Rod Carew appeared in 18 straight #AllStaGames and led the AL in hits three times, with his 239 hits in 1977 being twelfth most at the time. He won seven AL batting titles, the second most AL #battingtitles in history behind #TyCobb, and on July 12, 2016 the AL batting title was renamed to the ROD CAREW AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING TITLE.

On August 4, 1985, Carew became the 16th member of the #3000hitclub with a single to left field off Frank Viola. His 3,053 hits are 27th all time, and his career batting average of .328 is 34th all time. He was elected to the #NationalBaseballHallofFame in 1991 in his first year of eligibility; he appeared on upwards of 90 percent of the ballots. He was also elected to the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame, #MinnesotaTwins Hall of Fame, and the #CaliforniaAngels Hall of Fame. After retiring as a player, Carew served as a coach for the Angels and the Milwaukee Brewers.

In a pre-game ceremony before the 2016 MLB All Star Game in San Diego, the American League batting championship trophy was named the Rod Carew American League Batting Championship Award.

(Contributions from Wikipedia on this write-up)

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