Major League Baseball honored both Rod Carew and Tony Gwynn at the All Star Game in San Diego on Tuesday.
The American League batting title will now be known as the “Rod Carew Batting Championship Award”.
Carew, who played for the Minnesota Twins (1967-1978) and the California Angels (1979-1985) was an 18 time All Star, and won the AL batting title seven times. The left handed hitter was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1967. In 1977, he finished the year batting .388, which was the highest average since Ted Williams hit .388 in 1957, earning Rodney the AL MVP award that year. Carew hit .328 for his career with 3053 hits. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. Carew’s #29 has been retired by both the Minnesota Twins and California Angels.
The National League batting title will now be known as the “Tony Gwynn Batting Championship Award”.
Gwynn played his entire career with the San Diego Padres. A 15 time All Star, and winner of the NL batting title eight times, Gwynn was known as “Mr Padre”. Tony had a career average of .338 and collected 3141 hits. Gwynn was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. His number was retired in San Diego in 2004. Tony Gwynn died of salivary gland cancer in 2014 at the age of 54.