Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pete Rose not betting on Jeter breaking his career hits record

Derek Jeter may be closing in on Pete Rose's all-time career record of 4,256 hits, but the former Cincinnati Reds great isn't laying favorable odds that the New York Yankees shortstop will ever pass him.

The 71-year-old Rose, currently serving a lifetime ban for betting on Major League baseball games while he was manager of the Reds, downplayed the 38-year-old Jeter's chances of getting hit No. 4,257 because of The Captain's age and desire to finish his career with the Yankees.

"He's a great hitter," Rose told writer Joe Posnanski in a Las Vegas interview for the website Sports on Earth.  "But how's he going to get 3,500 more at-bats?  I think time's running out."






Charlie Hustle added the Yankees' philosophy of winning at all costs will handicap Jeter — who currently stands at 3,304 hits.  Rose said:

"What does he have now? What, 3,303 hits?" Rose says, according to the story. "I don't think he will break the record. 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 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?"
Rose, who signs autographs at memorabilia shows as "The Hit King," put down his Sharpie long enough to do something he now does best — lay out some numbers:

"He still needs 950 (952 to tie Rose) hits, right? He had a great year this year, but you think he can do that again? At 39? A shortstop? Let's say he does it again. Let's say he gets 200 more hits next year. And let's say he gets 200 more hits when he's 40, though I don't think he can. OK, can he get 200 more hits when he's 41? You think he can? I don't think he can get 200 more hits at 41, but let's say he does. OK, now he's 42. He’s gonna get 200 more hits then? At 42? Let me tell you, I've been there, the body locks up. Jeter's a great hitter. I'd say he hits like I did. But he's gonna get 200 hits when he's 42? I don't think he will. And even if he does all that, he's STILL 150 hits short."


Rose may not like Jeter's chances of passing him on his crowning achievement, but expressed admiration for the future Hall of Famer's career.

It's too bad Rose will probably never join him in Cooperstown.




12 comments:

  1. The Rose Knows.....It would be real tough for Jeter to get 200 hits each of the next 5 seasons, so I think Pete is right, but it would sure be fun to watch if he gets close!! Go Yanks!!

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  2. The real question is "Is Jeter lame and arrogant enough to still play when he's 44 and batting .250 like Rose was?" And Rose also had 3,300 hits at age 38. I still think Rose should be in the Hall of Fame, though.

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    1. Your right he should be in the hall of fame. lets face it a lot of players have done things that are worst than what he did. He paid for he,s mistake Some players make mistakes pay a fine and keep playing.

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  3. It might not happen but it's always exciting to see records made and broken! Wish Jeter all the luck, especially seeing that he doesn't have much long in his career.

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  4. Pete should have given some odds.

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  5. Rose got a "bum" deal....The Williams sisters did same thing in tennis....they fixed matches and their father bet on their "thrown" tennis matches...!!! They even admitted these charges....and they should of went to prison and banned for life as well....!! But then again.....Rose isn't the right color to walk away...with NO charges....!!!

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    1. you got that right,BRO!

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  6. pete rose is lucky ichiro played 9 years in Japan otherwise his precious record would no longer be his.

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    1. So true, Ichiro would have smashed Rose's record easily had he played his whole career in major league baseball!!!

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  7. Pete Rose was a great baseball player and should be in The Hall of Fame.He made some mistakes.I would like tosee him in before he passes.Derek Jeter is a great player and team leader,also.I don't think he can pass Pete's record.

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  8. Rose should be in the Hall, Also Mcguire, Bonds and Sosa. What was done by the latter 3 was legal and accepted in MLB, in fact if Mac and Sosa hadnt had their chase MLB might not exist in its form today. The fans rejected MLB due to their labor issues, and attendence was in the toilet. Also the rightous writers and broadcasters were in the dugouts daily and tuned a blind eye to it. HYPOCRITES!!!

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  9. Bud Selig should lift the ban on Pete Rose and let them vote him into the HOF.Look at what has happened to that wannabe of the Heat,La Queen Jane.He was helped to get his first title last year and no-body was punished.Just look at the playoff box-scores,count the fouls for and against the starting 5 of each team and tell me game was"nt set up.You notice that this year its different,when even the Wizards beat them.

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