The name of Hall of Fame first and second baseman Rod Carew is already etched into baseball history, but Major League Baseball furthered his legacy by naming the winner of the American League batting title as the Rod Carew AL Batting Champion.
Though it came as a surprise for Carew, a look at his career statistics shows how deserving he is of the honor. Carew was a seven-time AL batting champion, who amassed 3,053 hits over the course of his 19-year Major League career. In his first season, he was named AL Rookie of the Year of 1961 and made the AL All-Star team for 18 straight seasons. In 1977, Carew was awarded the AL Most Valuable Player after a monster season in which he had a .388 batting average, hit 16 triples, and had 100 RBI. (Feast on the rest of Carew’s stats here.)
MLB also announced that the winner of the National League batting title would be named the Tony Gwynn NL Batting Champion. Gwynn, who Carew says was a close friend up until he passed away from cancer in 2014, won the title eight times in his career.