"That was for Duane Kuiper."

From Joe Posnanski:

So then I asked if he had ever asked a pitcher to retaliate for him. He said he never did, but, well, there was the Jim Bibby story. Details are hard to lock down but the story is too good to hold back: The Indians were playing the Twins, and at some point Rod Carew slashed Kuiper in a double play scenario at some point during the series. Duane was furious. He told Carew, “I’m going to come down the line and slash your achilles.” Jim Bibby calmed him down.

“Don’t worry,” Bibby said. “I’ll get him for you.”

Kuiper said, “OK, fine, you get him.” Only, Bibby did not get him. He got pulled before he had a chance to get him. If it’s the game I’m thinking, in 1977, Bibby lasted just five innings and Carew actually homered of him. Anyway, the point is Bibby didn’t get Carew that day for whatever reason, and unexpectedly that was the last time he ever faced Carew in a big league game. Bibby left Cleveland for Pittsburgh at the end of the season. So the story should be over. Kuiper basically forgot about it.

Only… one day, the Indians are facing Carew’s team, probably the Angels by then, and Carew comes over to Kuiper and says, “You little $&#$@$ …”

“What did I do?” Kuiper said.

And Carew said that he was playing an exhibition game in Japan. He stepped in against, yep, Jim Bibby. And suddenly he felt the jolt of a fastball pounding his side … this in an EXHIBITION GAME IN JAPAN.

And he said Jim Bibby flexed and said: “That was for Duane Kuiper.


August 4, 1985

At Anaheim Stadium in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 41,630, Angel first baseman Rod Carew singles off of Minnesota’s Frank Viola in the third inning to become the 16th major leaguer to amass 3000 hits. After the historic hit, Angels manager Gene Mauch brings the first-base sack into the dugout, replacing it with another a new bag.
NL, AL batting titles named after Gwynn, Carew
SAN DIEGO -- The American League and National League batting titles have been renamed after two of the greatest hitters in Major League Baseball history. In a goosebumps-inducing moment before Tuesday night's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard at Petco Park, MLB announced that the NL batting title will be named after Tony Gwynn and that the AL crown will be named after Rod Carew.

Fuimos al concierto de Aerosmith, no me gusto tanto, no es que estaba malo, pero no me dieron ganas de rockear. Fue en el Estadio Nacional Rod Carew, Noviembre 1. Me gusta ese venue, pero esta demasiado lejos. Los bien cuidaos son una estafa, las pintas estaban baratas. 


On This Day in History July 16, 1969: Minnesota Twins second baseman Rod Carew stole home for the seventh time in seven attempts during that season. In doing so at the time, he would break Ty Cobb’s American League record for most steals of home plate during a season. Carew would also tie the Major League record which was held by Pete Reiser who set the record in 1946 while playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

What’s amazing is that Carew stole only 19 bases for the entire season.

While at the time Carew and Reiser were tied with seven steals of home for a season, the record was later changed. Though I am not sure when it was changed, Baseball Almanac in their post Ty Cobb Stealing Home has Cobb stealing home eight times during the 1912 season.  I’ll keep looking to see exactly when it was changed.

Carew for his career stole 353 bases and would be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991

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