That Pete Rose is still banned from baseball continues to be one of the all-time biggest jokes. Sure, he was guilty of betting on games, and lied about it for years, but hasn’t he suffered enough?
And besides, I’ll continue to contest that what guys like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa did harmed the inegrity of baseball much more than Rose.
The only thing Rose has left to hang on to is his hits record. Recently, the talk of Derek Jeter becoming the all-time hit king has gotten more legs. But Rose doesn’t seem worried:
“I don’t think he will break the record,” Rose said. “First of all, I don’t think he wants to leave the Yankees. And the Yankees, they’re about winning. Jeter had a great year this year, but he’s what? Thirty-eight years old? And he’s a shortstop? How many 40-year-old shortstops you see walking around? Not too many, right?
“And they can’t put him at third because A-Rod’s there. They can’t put him at second ’cause [Robinson] Cano’s there. He don’t help them in left field — he’s got to be in the center of things, you know what I mean? What are they going to do? Put him at first base?”
Jeter led the majors with 216 hits in the regular season, his 17th, all with the Yankees. Heading into Wednesday’s Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Baltimore, Jeter has 3,304 career hits, good for 10th on the all-time list.
Rose, who was banned from baseball for gambling on the game when he was manager of the Cincinnati Reds, retired in 1986 at age 45 with 4,256 hits. Rose broke Ty Cobb’s record the year before he retired.