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Former Twins star Rod Carew hoping for heart transplant

Former Twins star Rod Carew, a Hall of Famer who has a statue outside Target Field, is hopeful of getting a heart transplant.

Carew, 70, survived a massive heart attack and is the subject of a lengthy profile by Sports Illustrated's Steve Rushin.

Carew was stricken on the golf course, writes Rushin: "He had suffered a massive heart attack, “the kind they call the widow-maker,” says his wife, Rhonda. And though doctors told Carew he was extraordinarily lucky to be alive—his heart had stopped beating on two separate occasions—he doesn’t always feel fortune-kissed. “My wife will tell you I get up in the morning and cry and wonder, Why me?” Carew says, convalescing in a friend’s house in the suburbs of San Diego after seven weeks in five hospitals. “But you can’t say that. I go back to when my youngest daughter was dying. I never asked my friend upstairs, Why me? And He’s the only one who has the answers.”

Carew is considered fairly old for a heart transplant, but has a better chance in the western United States, where waiting lists are shorter.

Among those who have visited Carew, according to the article, is Twins president Dave St. Peter. Carew had advisory contracts with both the Twins and Los Angeles Angels that expired at the end of the baseball season, but both teams have renewed those deals for 2016.

Rushin writes: "Carew has set goals to attend spring training in March and the Hall of Fame induction weekend next July, as Rhonda frequently reminds him. 'She’s like a drill instructor,' he says."


Boom! Byung-ho Park hit a monstrous home run over the weekend

Byung-ho Park played for South Korea over the weekend in the finals of the first-ever Premier12, an international tournament that ended on Saturday in Tokyo.

That the Koreans won 7-0 against a team of minor-leaguers who aren't currently on the 40-man rosters of their major league teams wasn't the point for Twins fans, who are hoping to see Park at Target Field in 2016..

For them, the thrill came during the title game when Park came to bat against a Royals minor-leaguer named Brooks Pounders, who finished last season with a 2.19 ERA in eight Class AA starts.

Park came to bat; Pounders threw an 85 m.p.h. slider.

The ball got pounded.

Watch (Warning: Turn down the volume unless you want to attract a crowd.):

The Twins recently won the bidding rights to Park and have until December 8 to sign him. Willie Randolph, the former Yankees second baseman who managed the United States team, came away impressed. In an Associated Press report, Randolph said:  "You can tell he is a dangerous hitter. "We tried to execute a pitch and we couldn't and he hurt us with a three-run homer. He's a fine player."

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