A little over a year ago, Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated wrote about Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s health crisis. Following a massive heart attack that likely would’ve killed many, and following open heart surgery and the implantation of a mechanical ventricular assist device, Carew was placed on the heart transplant list.
Many more people are placed on that last than eventually receive transplants, of course. Some die before a donor can be found. Some are unable to regain enough health and strength to be able to withstand the operation. While many who get transplants can and do continue to lead healthy and productive lives afterward, getting to that point can be daunting.
Rod Carew, however, has gotten to that point. KCAL-TV reports that a donor has been found for him, and that overnight he and his wife traveled to Los Angeles where he will undergo the transplant today:
Good luck, Rod. Here’s hoping for the best.
Alex Rodriguez’s post-retirement renaissance continues apace. After starring as a studio host for Fox’s playoff coverage over the past couple of years, A-Rod is about to be named to, arguably, televised baseball’s top job: color commentary in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth.
Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News is hearing that ESPN is going to give the gig, vacated by Aaron Boone by virtue of his hiring by the Yankees, to Rodriguez. There he’ll join Jessica Mendoza and whoever they get to replace play-by-play man Dan Shulman, who chose to step back from the Sunday night job following last season. This, by the way, marks the second time A-Rod has taken over Aaron Boone’s job given that he replaced Boone at third base for the Yankees in 2004.
The twist: A-Rod is likely to keep his Fox postseason job too. While some broadcasters work for multiple networks, it’s pretty rare for Fox to allow its talents to work for competitors like that. Apparently they believe keeping A-Rod — who five years ago was one of the most despised figures in baseball — is worth it. What a difference a few years makes.
In other news, Alex Rodriguez is likely to be shunned mightily by the current crop of BBWAA voters when he hits the Hall of Fame ballot in a couple of years. At the rate he’s going, though, their successors will put him in Cooperstown via the Ford Frick Award sometime in the 2040s.