Carew received a Lifetime Achievement award

Panamanian, Rod Carew, added another honor to his long list of accomplishments. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Minnesota Sports Awards on Dec. 13 at Target Center.

Carew, an 18-time All-Star and seven-time batting champion, is the first to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Carew, 72, has been making a successful recovery from a massive heart attack suffered on Sept. 20, 2015.  Carew received  a heart and kidney transplants on Dec. 15, 2016. He flew to Minnesota for the first time since the operation in early July and he has stayed busy with his ’Heart of 29’ Campaign to raise heart health awareness.

"Rod Carew is a Minnesota sports legend. He’s a seven-time American League batting champion with a lifetime .328 batting average, more than 3,000 hits and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame," executive director of Sports Minneapolis Melvin Tennant said. i"He is also beloved by baseball fans and is generous with his time and talents -- particularly with the ’Heart of 29’ Campaign, which helps raise money and awareness for the prevention of heart disease.  Rod is  the first recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award’’.

Rod Carew had a baseball stadium named after him in Panama city.