Rod Carew (Panama)
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Well before Mariano Rivera came from Panama to pitch for the Yankees, there was Rod Carew. An exceptional left-handed contact hitter, Carew won seven American League batting titles, hitting a career-high .388 in 1977 to win the AL MVP award. He was selected to 18 consecutive All-Star teams and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.