Rod Carew

Rod Carew


10/1/1945, Gatun, Ca, Panama

Birth Name

Rodney Cline Carew


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Rod was a Major League Baseball player for 19 seasons. He played for the Minnesota Twins and the California Angels. His career ended with his enshrinement in the MLB Hall of Fame in 1991.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Rod had 445 career doubles including a career high 38 in 1977.

    • Rod had a career post season batting average of .220 in 14 games.

    • Carew had 353 career stolen bases including 17 steals of home. He had a career best 49 stolen bases in 1976.

    • Rod led the American League in runs created three times. He had 113 in 1973, 116 in 1974 and a career best 158 in 1977.

    • Rod was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the California Angels on February 3, 1979. The twins received four players in return Ken Landreaux, Dave Engle, Paul Hartzell, and Brad Havens.

    • Rod's top salary was $875,000 in 1985 while playing for the California Angels.

    • Rod led the American League in on base percentage 4 times including a career high .449 in 1977.

    • In 1977 Rod won the Major League Player of the Year Award, the AL MVP Award and the Roberto Clemente Award.

    • Rod played in the ALCS 4 times (1969, 1970, 1979 and 1982) but never played in the World Series.

    • Rod had a career fielding percentage of .985 playing almost an equal amount at second base and first base.

    • Rod led the American League in hits 3 times with a career best 239 in 1977. He finished with 3,053 that put him in the top 20 of all-time when he retired after the 1985 season.

    • Rod was named to the American League All-Star team 18 consecutive seasons from 1967 through 1984.

    • Rod led the American League in batting 7 times. His career best was .388 in the 1977 season.

    • Rod was the 1967 American League Rookie of the Year.

  • Quotes

    • Carew: There is a special sensation in getting good wood on the ball and driving a double down the left-field line as the crowd in the ballpark rises to its feet and cheers. But, I also remember how much fun I had as a skinny barefoot kid hitting a tennis ball with a broomstick on a quiet, dusty street in Panama.

    • Carew: There was a point at which I thought I'd never get the most valuable player, especially the years I played at Minnesota. We never won a pennant there, we were far away from the big media centers of Los Angeles and New York, and I wasn't a flashy power hitter but a guy who hit to spots, who bunted and stole bases.

    • Carew: Your first hit in the majors — that's tops. It means you're on your way. When you get the first hit, then you can get the rest.

    • Carew: I get a kick out of watching a team defense me. A player moves two steps in one direction and I hit it two steps the other way. It goes right by his glove and I laugh.

    • Carew: Hitting is an art, but not an exact science.