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Rod Carew’s 3000th Hit
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Chuck Richter
Posted 2012-12-28 10:52 AM (#1911797)
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Rod Carew’s 3000th Hit

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By Rob Goldman - AngelsWin.com Historical Writer

“He won’t dare come in on me." Carew thought to himself as he got down in his stance to face Frank Viola.” If it’s a Breaking balls outside- I’ll take it the other way, aim for the gap.” 

Viola ran the count 1-2 and Carew knew he’d be seeing more breaking balls. Viola didn’t have his best stuff this inning. He had already surrendered a home run to shortstop Dick Schofield, walked Brian Downing and thrown a wild pitch. He was going to come right after Carew . Sure enough the next pitch was an outside curve and tracking it well, Carew got just enough wood on the ball to punch it over shortstop. It wasn’t a pretty stroke, and the awkward momentum motion of his swing almost knocked the helmet off his head, but his 3,000 hit was in the books. On August 4, 1985, Rod Carew had joined one of baseball’s elite clubs. 

As the crowd stood and cheered Carew doffed his helmet. One by one, his teammates joined him at first base. Manager Gene Mauch, who had given Carew the nickname “Pro” in Minnesota on account for his strictly professional attitude, gave the 39 year old first baseman a warm embrace. 

You don’t start the game thinking your going to get 3,000 hits, but when your around the game long enough and you get close you can’t help but get excited,” Carew says. “I was joining a select group of players. You can imagine all the thousands of players that have played this game that didn’t come close.”  

A sore wrist hampered him through most of the 1985 season, and his final average of .280 marked the second time in two years in which he failed to hit .300. To new GM Mike Port that wasn’t good enough and he notified Carew his services were no longer needed. He had an offer from the San Francisco Giants to spell first baseman Will Clark, but Rod had had enough. The aches and pains of going through another season weren’t worth it. With a lifetime, 329-career average, 3,053 hits 18 consecutive all-star games, 7 batting titles, Carew quietly bowed out. 

In hindsight it would have been to the Angels advantage to have Carew stick it out another season. He was certainly open to being platooned with Wally Joyner and would have even taken pay cut to do so. . As it turned out Joyner pulled up lame in the 1986 ALCS and refused to play leaving the Angels without a first baseman. Meanwhile Carew was at home in Villa Park, coaching his girls’ softball teams and running a batting school. He had always enjoyed teaching the art of hitting, and his years operating the school were enjoyable.  

When Bob Rodgers was hired as Angel’s manager in 1992, he offered his old friend a job as batting coach. Carew coached for eight seasons. He is credited with helping develop young hitters like?Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds and Tim Salmon. He departed following the 1999 season when Mike Scioscia replaced Terry Collins as Angels manager.


© Once They Were Angels, 2006 Rob Goldman

Purchase a copy of Rob Goldman's book "Once They Were Angels" at his website today! An amazing historical piece on the Angels over the years for just $19.95.
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Soto Speaks
Posted 2012-12-28 10:57 AM (#1911800 - in reply to #1911797)
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Two stories and threads on Carew in the same day?

I didn't know he was dead.

RIP Rod.
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Chuck Richter
Posted 2012-12-28 10:58 AM (#1911802 - in reply to #1911800)
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Two-part series from Rob Goldman.

Enjoy!
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Stradling
Posted 2012-12-28 11:06 AM (#1911817 - in reply to #1911797)
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I was at that game sitting out in the seats where the knot hole club is now, or at least in that general area. Hell the Knot Hole Club could have been there, but I don't think it was. It was a great thing to see. Coincidentally enough I was also there for George Brett's 3000th hit. I think he got three hits that game and they were all by the fifth inning. His third hit was his 3000th.
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LightTheHalo
Posted 2012-12-28 11:29 AM (#1911830 - in reply to #1911797)
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A friend of mine was at the George Brett game, too. After the 3,000th, he immediately went down to the ticket window and asked to buy some tickets to that game.

I wonder if he ever sold those.
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notherhalo
Posted 2012-12-28 11:51 AM (#1911845 - in reply to #1911800)
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Soto Speaks - 2012-12-28 10:57 AM

Two stories and threads on Carew in the same day?

I didn't know he was dead.

RIP Rod.


that sucks, I didnt know either

he did a great job on breaking bad
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carewsal
Posted 2012-12-28 12:07 PM (#1911853 - in reply to #1911797)
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"I've got mad hits like I was Rod Carew."
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Chuck Richter
Posted 2012-12-28 12:17 PM (#1911858 - in reply to #1911853)
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carewsal - 2012-12-28 12:07 PM

"I've got mad hits like I was Rod Carew."


BEASTIE BOYS!!
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brianvargo
Posted 2012-12-28 12:25 PM (#1911863 - in reply to #1911797)
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I had the good fortune of witnessing Rod Carew's 3,000th hit in person at the Big A. Of course I wanted it to happen that day because I wanted desperately to see it, but I also wanted Rod to collect the historic hit before the impending players' strike. As it turned out, the strike lasted only a couple of days (thank goodness), but at the time I was afraid that the strike might wipe out the season and, possibly, the chance for Rodney to reach the 3,000-hit mark.

Naturally, I still have the game ticket, and I imagine that the gravel in my voice could probably be traced back to my cheering from that day. :)

I was 13 at the time, and I lived for Angels baseball. Now my daughter gets to hear stories about Rod Carew, Brian Downing, Don Baylor, Bobby Grich, Chuck Finley, Reggie Jackson, etc., while we cheer on Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Jered Weaver, and the latest wave of Halos.

Brian

Edited by brianvargo 2012-12-28 12:27 PM
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GlenM
Posted 2012-12-28 12:55 PM (#1911876 - in reply to #1911845)
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notherhalo - 2012-12-28 11:51 AM

Soto Speaks - 2012-12-28 10:57 AM

Two stories and threads on Carew in the same day?

I didn't know he was dead.

RIP Rod.


that sucks, I didnt know either

he did a great job on breaking bad


Nice.
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Chuck Richter
Posted 2012-12-28 2:45 PM (#1911936 - in reply to #1911863)
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brianvargo - 2012-12-28 12:25 PM

I had the good fortune of witnessing Rod Carew's 3,000th hit in person at the Big A. Of course I wanted it to happen that day because I wanted desperately to see it, but I also wanted Rod to collect the historic hit before the impending players' strike. As it turned out, the strike lasted only a couple of days (thank goodness), but at the time I was afraid that the strike might wipe out the season and, possibly, the chance for Rodney to reach the 3,000-hit mark.

Naturally, I still have the game ticket, and I imagine that the gravel in my voice could probably be traced back to my cheering from that day. :)

I was 13 at the time, and I lived for Angels baseball. Now my daughter gets to hear stories about Rod Carew, Brian Downing, Don Baylor, Bobby Grich, Chuck Finley, Reggie Jackson, etc., while we cheer on Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Jered Weaver, and the latest wave of Halos.

Brian


Good first post, Brian.

I was 15 when he accomplished the feat. Good times. I was watching it on TV. Wish I could have been there for that game.
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