Religion Unplugged

Q&A: Hall Of Famer Rod Carew talks faith, COVID-19 and, yes, baseball

By Bobby Ross Jr. | Religion Unplugged

In 19 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels, Rod Carew racked up numbers that made him a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

From 1967 to 1985, Carew collected 3,053 hits, won seven American League batting titles and made 18 straight All-Star appearances.

But his new memoir, “One Tough Out: Fighting Off Life’s Curveballs,” ventures beyond the baseball diamond.

Co-written with Jaime Aron, the 324-page narrative uncovers Carew’s often-difficult, emotional personal journey — from growing up with an abusive father in Panama to losing a daughter to leukemia to undergoing his own life-saving heart and kidney transplant.

LISTEN: Religion Unplugged podcast interview with Rod Carew

This stat is impossible to miss in Carew’s book: its 67 mentions of God.

“Rod’s faith is one of the threads that binds his whole, amazing life story,” said Aron, a senior writer for the American Heart Association and former Texas sports editor for The Associated Press. 

In an interview with Religion Unplugged, Carew, 74, talked about his complicated faith, his effort to avoid COVID-19 and why he’s not a fan of baseball returning before there’s a coronavirus vaccine.

Read the full interview.

This interview appears in the online magazine Religion Unplugged.

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