Friday, August 17, 2012

Box Score of the Week

The Twins cap Rod Carew's MVP season in 1977 with the a game in Milwaukee.


In one of the most prolific offensive seasons in MLB history, Carew won the 1977 A.L. MVP with a .388 average. But Twins manager Gene Mauch desperately wanted Carew to cap this magical season by driving in his 100th run of the year. 

As told by Mauch's nephew Roy Smalley, who was a Twins infielder that year, Mauch used a few expletives to implore hitter Sam Perlozzo into getting on base with a triple to lead off the eighth inning so that Carew, the next hitter, could knock him in to reach the 100 RBI mark. And that's exactly what happened, as Perlozzo led off the 8th with a triple and scored on a Carew single. 


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