In Major League Baseball, it is a clear indication that a player is an all time great if his jersey number was retired by the team. And in the Angels’ lengthy history, one of these all time greats is #29, Rod Carew.
Carew originally played for the Minnesota Twins in 1967, but was eventually drafted into the Angels in 1979. Carew is notable because he wasn’t known for being a home run hitter, only managing 92 home runs out of his 3,053 hits. However, he is famed for being a consistent contact hitter. His style of play relies on throwing right handed and batting left-handed.
As a hitter, he is considered a safe bet as he had no weaknesses. People don’t expect him to do home runs, but they don’t expect him to strike out either. He is known as being a player who can handle just about any ball thrown his way. For a generation of baseball fans, Carew served the role of a batting champion.
Carew’s stats are impressive, and he is definitely worthy of his fame. In 1969, he managed to hit .332 and helped Minnesota win the inaugural AL West Crown. Three years later, he would reel off 4 batting titles straight. And in the same decade, he almost made it to the holy grail of batting marks, almost making it to the .400 mark by batting 239 hits and ending up with .388.
Even in the twilight of his career as an active player, Carew still accomplished great things. It was in his final year during the 1985 season that he managed the 3,000 hit milestone. He was the 16th player ever to achieve said milestone. He then went on to coaching after retiring, effectively passing on his knowledge to a younger generation. He also became the 27th player elected to the Hall of Fame, upon his first year of eligibility.
With the #29 Angels’ jersey being retired because of Rod Carew’s legacy, you won’t find any other players wearing the same number on the same team. But it also means that fans will want to get their own. Carew’s Angels jersey will have the Angels logo with a halo stuck on the letter A, as that was the team logo being used during his active years.