MINNEAPOLIS — Hall of Famer Rod Carew is hoping to qualify for a heart transplant after a massive heart attack two months ago.

The 70-year-old Carew tells Sports Illustrated he was stricken while golfing alone in Corona, California, on Sept. 20.

He tells the magazine “they brought me back to life.” He underwent six hours of open heart surgery in which a device that pumps blood was implanted. The device typically acts as a bridge until a heart transplant.

Carew was one of baseball’s great hitters, winning seven American League batting titles. He played for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels during a 19-year career. He was the 1967 AL Rookie of the Year and the 1977 AL MVP. There is a statue of him outside Target Field.

DODGERS: Dave Roberts overcame long odds during his playing days in the major leagues and survived a bout with cancer in recent years. He had no managerial experience when he went after the vacant Los Angeles Dodgers’ job.

Fittingly, the personable Roberts beat the odds again, impressing the front office with his energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to become the Dodgers’ first minority manager.

“When I put on this uniform as a player, I understood the special responsibility to honor those that played before me as well as the amazing bond between the Dodgers and their fans,” Roberts said in a statement. “I feel that I have now come full circle in my career and there is plenty of unfinished business left in LA.”

He called the franchise “groundbreaking” for having such players as Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Maury Wills, Fernando Valenzuela and Hideo Nomo.

Roberts’ father is black and his mother is Japanese. Roberts was born in Okinawa, Japan, where his father served in the U.S. Marines. He becomes the third minority manager in the majors, joining the Nationals’ Dusty Baker and the Braves’ Fredi Gonzalez.

Roberts said his hiring is “the opportunity of a lifetime.”

The perceived front-runner was former major leaguer Gabe Kapler, the team’s director of player development. He played for Tampa Bay when Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, was there.

WHITE SOX: Chicago hired Aaron Rowand, the center fielder on its 2005 championship team, as a minor league outfield and base-running instructor.

A fan favorite because of his aggressive play, which led to occasional collisions with the wall, he played five seasons with the White Sox and was a key figure on the team that won it all.

Rowand hit .283 during his time in Chicago before being dealt to Philadelphia with pitcher Gio Gonzalez for Jim Thome following the 2005 season. He hit .273 in an 11-year career with the White Sox, Phillies and San Francisco Giants. He helped San Francisco win a championship in 2010.

Rowand, who served as a guest minor league instructor with the White Sox last spring, replaces Doug Sisson.

MARINERS: Seattle added Casey Candaele as first base coach and Mike Hampton as bullpen coach on the staff of first-time manager Scott Servais.

Candaele, 54, spent last season as the Rangers’ field coordinator and previously spent four seasons as the minor league infield and base running coordinator.

Servais says Candaele will work with outfielders and on base running.

Hampton, 43, spent the past two seasons as a pitching coach in the Angels’ minor league system after concluding a 20-year playing career. Hampton was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 1990 amateur draft by the Mariners.

Catcher Chris Iannetta signed a one-year contract, giving Seattle additional options behind the plate.