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Pete Rose still believes baseball needs him

Oct 4, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Pete Rose

The all-time hit leader says stuff like this every six months or so. And it rings a little bit more hollow every time:

“I’m going to tell you something right now, whether you believe it or not,” Rose told WFAN’s Steve Somers on Wednesday. “Baseball is a better game if I’m in it. OK? Because I care about the game and I’m a teacher of the game. And I care about young players.”

By every measure other than market share, baseball is more successful than it has been at any time in its history. And it is played at a higher and better level now than it has been at any time in its history. Amazingly it was able to do this without Pete Rose around “caring” about the game in his own, peculiar way. The only thing that is suffering due to Pete Rose’s ban is Pete Rose’s ego.

I’d put him in the Hall of Fame — history is history — but I wouldn’t let him near a young ballplayer in a million years.

  1. IdahoMariner - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Baseball doesn’t need Pete. There are plenty of great hitters to teach what they know – and at least one player from last year who can teach anyone who wants to know how to unnecessarily run into a catcher and try to prematurely end their career. Pete is an ass who stayed in baseball as long as he could to inflate his numbers and his ego, I can’t think of any other team that would let a player like him stick around as player/ manager just to let a fading player do that these days. The game does not need more delusional narcissists.

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