1968 Topps Game – Rod Carew

1968 Topps Game – Rod Carew

I consider Rod Carew to be one of the most underrated superstars in baseball history.

Yes, I know he’s a Hall of Famer.  And yes, I know he is an 18-time All-star.  And yes, he was a constant threat to win the league’s MVP award for most of his career.

But when people talk about the greatest hitters in the sport’s history, Carew gets very little credit yet his numbers stack up quite well to the competition.  In 19 seasons, Carew collected 3,053 hits alongside a .320 batting average.  He also managed to score 1,424 runs, drive in 1,015 runs, and steal 353 bases.

The reason that Rod Carew still remains under the radar in the world of baseball card collecting is because he played for very low-profile teams – the Twins and Angels.  If he suited up for the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, or Reds he would be as sought after as any of the best hitters in the sport’s history.

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2 responses to “1968 Topps Game – Rod Carew

  1. Also, power hitters get more pub that batting average leaders. Even in NY, who were the most talked about players in recent decades? Mantle, Maris, Jackson. Who has a .330 or above lifetime average? Not as readily known.

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