Rod Carew is a former professional baseball player and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Thank you for agreeing to this interview for the members of Baseball Nation:
Q: Baseball Nation - With all that you accomplished in the game of Baseball, which season was the most memorable to you?
A: Rod Carew - 1977 was my most memorable season. I made a run on batting .400 and everywhere I went home and away the fans greeted me with enthusiasm. It was very special.
Q: Baseball Nation - You played half your games at 1B and half at 2B. Which did you enjoy more and why?
A: Rod Carew - I enjoyed playing both positions. There was always more chance of injury as a second baseman turning the double play which was the reason the Twins moved me to first base. They didn't want the bat taken out of my hands.
Q: Baseball Nation - In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
A: Rod Carew - There were actually three people. Billy Martin, Tony Oliva and Gene Mauch. They all taught me to respect the game and it's fans. They were pros who taught me to be a pro.
Q: Baseball Nation - Who was the toughest pitcher you faced in your career and what made that pitcher so hard to hit?
A: Rod carew - Rudy May of the Orioles was tough on me. His delivery was all arms and legs and he gave me fits for most of my career. I did finally catch up to him toward the end of his career by Rudy May was tough.
Q: Baseball Nation - You had an amazing career, capped with election to the HOF. What was that moment like for you?
A: Rod Carew - I never played the game to win awards, but to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and stand on that stage with Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie, Mickey and the Duke was a great reward for all my hard work.
Thank you again sir. We appreciate you taking the time to do this interview.