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An update on Rod Carew after his transplants

Good news: Rod Carew is doing well. “Doing great,” Carew said last week from his southern California home. That’s after undergoing heart and kidney transplants four months ago. I kiddingly asked the Hall of Fame former Twin, now 71, whether he feels well enough to hit .300. After all, Carew’s a seven-time American League batting champion with a lifetime average of .328. He flirted with .400 in 1977 before finishing at .388. “I don’t know…

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Rod Carew eyes bright future after heart, kidney transplants

The call came on Dec. 14. It reminded Rod Carew of a call that he received in January 1991, when he learned that he had been elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Only this was better. Much better. “Bigger than the Hall of Fame,” Carew said. After spending nearly a month on the transplant list, he would be getting a new heart and new kidney at age 71. The procedure took…

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