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Pete Rose: Jay-Z got Robinson Cano an extra 30 days of vacation – October

Robinson-Cano-Mariners-1Pete Rose was one of the most hard-nosed players to ever sprint around a Major League Baseball diamond. Like most others who give 110% percent on a daily basis, the playoffs were important to baseball’s all-time hits leader. He appeared in 67 playoff games and had over 300 plate appearances and a .321 batting average in the postseason.

Rose doesn’t think Robinson Cano has a whole lot of meaningful fall baseball in his future. During an appearance on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show” on Wednesday, Rose was asked about the massive contract Jay-Z was able to help Cano secure. He didn’t pull any punches.

“He [Jay Z] got him a big raise, but he got him an extra 30-day vacation — and it’s called October,” Rose quipped.

I don’t know if I’d write the Mariners off just yet. If Cano is the same player in Seattle that he was with New York, he should provide the M’s with one of the game’s best middle-of-the-order bats for several years to come. Not only that, but Seattle’s brass has said it is not done dealing after signing Cano and has been exploring some intriguing trade possibilities.

As for Jay-Z, he did his job and then some. People were accusing him of costing Cano $50 million just hours before news of the $240 million deal surfaced. Not only that, but he may have gotten the Mariners to outbid themselves for his client.

Right now, everyone is thrilled. If the Mariners miss the playoffs for the next four or five seasons, we can revisit Rose’s vacation theory.

Pete Rose apologizes for wrong vice comment

Pete Rose TimePete Rose made some powerful remarks earlier this week about his lifetime ban from baseball, saying he should have picked alcohol, drugs, or beating up his wife as a vice instead of gambling on games. The point the Cincinnati Reds legend was trying to make is that players who are guilty of that type of activity get second chances, whereas he did not.

For obvious reasons, the comments rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. On Tuesday, Rose issued a statement of apology.

“If I’ve learned anything over the past 24 years since my banishment from baseball, it’s to own up to my failures right away,” Rose said, via CBS Pittsburgh. “I was feeling sorry for myself when I compared my vice to others, including abuse and drinking. Of course, all vices are not to be excused. I know gambling almost destroyed baseball and I have accepted the way Commissioners Giamatti, Vincent and Selig acted toward me.”

The problem for many people is that Rose made it sound like having some sort of vice was a given. It’s understandable that he feels slighted when admitted juicers like Mark McGwire are on the Hall of Fame ballot, but there are plenty of players who didn’t gamble, abuse their wives, drink, or do drugs. In that sense, you can see why Rose’s comments made him look bad.

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Pete Rose: ‘I should have picked alcohol, drugs, or beating up my wife’

Pete Rose TimeCincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose is the only living person who is banned for life from Major League Baseball. Rose, who had more hits in his career than any player in MLB history, has never been given a second chance and is not eligible to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

The 72-year-old has always admitted that he made a mistake by gambling on baseball, but it’s obvious he is bitter that he is the only player who is banned from the game given some of the cheating that has gone on in recent years. On Monday morning, he spoke to 93.7 The Fan’s John Phillips to discuss Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and his own past. Rose provided some powerful quotes.

“Hey, everything is a different case,” he said. “I made mistakes. I can’t whine about it. I’m the one that messed up and I’m paying the consequences. However, if I am given a second chance, I won’t need a third chance. And to be honest with you, I picked the wrong vice. I should have picked alcohol. I should have picked drugs or I should have picked up beating up my wife or girlfriend because if you do those three, you get a second chance. They haven’t given too many gamblers second chances in the world of baseball.”

Many would agree with Rose, who said he also dislikes comparisons between him and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Unlike the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal, Rose insists he only bet on his team to win games and would never throw a game for money. There are plenty of people who would argue that betting on your team to win — when that’s what you’re trying to do anyway — is nothing compared to domestic abuse or steroid use.

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Rose said he would love for the ban to one day be lifted but that he doesn’t obsess over it.

“If I ever made the Hall of Fame, I’d be the happiest guy in the world,” he explained. “But I don’t want you to think that I go to bed at night praying I make the Hall of Fame. When I go to bed at night, I pray that I wake up tomorrow morning. That’s where I’m at in my life right now.”

For what it’s worth, Rose also said he is friends with Rodriguez. However, he said he would advise any players who make a mistake in the future to come clean when confronted, rather than denying it and getting caught anyway. Personally, I have far less of an issue with what Rose did than I do with guys like A-Rod and Ryan Braun. Unfortunately, I’m not Bud Selig.

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Pete Rose: Bryce Harper plays recklessly

Bryce-Harper-slams-into-wallBryce Harper has yet to play two full seasons with the Washington Nationals, but he has already been injured several times. While it’s too early to say that Harper is injury prone, it’s obvious his style of play leaves him susceptible to twists and collisions that other players might not have to worry about.

It would be ridiculous to criticize Harper for going all-out in the field, but Pete Rose believes there is a fine line between playing hard and leaving yourself vulnerable. Rose talked about that during a recent interview with SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio.

“Here’s Bryce’s problem, okay?” Rose said, via Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. “Bryce growing up, I was his dad’s favorite player. I mean, that’s a fact. And there’s a difference in playing hard and playing recklessly. And Bryce plays recklessly.

“And there’s a reason for that. He was a catcher when he was here [in Las Vegas]. Now all of a sudden they’ve got him in the outfield, and he don’t understand warning tracks, and he don’t understand every [ballpark] the caroms are different, the walls are different. Some are padded, some aren’t. You can’t turn around and run into the wall at Dodger Stadium face first.”

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Pete Rose stills bets on sports, just not baseball

Pete Rose TimePete Rose received a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball after he was found to have lied about betting on games in which he played and/or managed. Rose maintained that he never bet against his team, but we’ll probably never know if that was the case.

The MLB’s career leader in hits, outs, at-bats, and games played says that he still bets on sports, just not baseball.

Rose was the subject of a story in The Wall Street Journal that talks about all the money he has made through signing autographs the last several years. Since 2005, the Hit King has earned over $1 million a year signing autographs by memorabilia shops in Las Vegas several days a month.

Rose told writer Brian Costa that he doesn’t really fool around with other parts of the casinos, but that he will frequent sports books. He’ll bet on other sports, just not baseball

“I just don’t want to bet on baseball,” he said. “That cost me too much.”

There were reports a few years ago saying commissioner Bud Selig was considering lifting Rose’s lifetime ban from the game, but that still has not happened. Rose, 72, is still banned from the Baseball Hall of Fame, yet he is still hustling for money on autographs. And he still bets on sports. And if you believe him, he’s learned his lesson with betting on baseball.

Pete Rose got a tattoo of the Reds mascot (Picture)

It would appear that Pete Rose came down with a case of playoff fever earlier this week. When his former team held a 2-0 series lead over the Giants and was on the brink of an NLCS berth, the 71-year-old Cincinnati legend decided it was time for some new ink. As you can see from the photo above that our friends at Busted Coverage shared with us, Rose got a classic tattoo of the Reds mascot.

B.C. spoke with the tattoo artist, Howard Teman, who said the tattoo had something to do with Rose’s upcoming reality show that will air on TLC called “Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project.” Teman also said it is the baseball legend’s first tat.

Unfortunately, San Francisco erased that 2-0 lead and came back to win three games straight and knock the Reds out. The good news is unlike this tattoo which was the result of a lost bet, Rose doesn’t have to feel ashamed of his ink. He’s a Cincinnati Red for life.

Pete Rose: I don’t think Derek Jeter will be able to break the hits record

When you take his age into consideration, you would probably assume 38-year-old Derek Jeter only has a few more productive seasons remaining in professional baseball. However, his numbers from the 2012 season make that seem like less of a certainty. Jeter’s 18th season in the majors was one of the most productive of his career. More specifically, he continued to rack up hits at an incredible pace. His 216 hits were the second-most of any season in his Hall of Fame career.

The question is how long can Jeter continue this production. Despite his incredible success, the Yankee captain is still 952 hits short of tying Pete Rose for the most in MLB history. He would need five more seasons of the same production to surpass that mark, and Rose doesn’t see it happening.

“I don’t think he will break the record,” Rose told Sports on Earth (via ESPNNewYork.com). “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?”

While New York fans may not want to hear it, Rose is right. Jeter would need five more seasons at his current pace to surpass Rose, meaning he would still have to be a 200-hit guy at age 43. The odds of that happening are very slim, even if he stays with the Yankees as a DH or some other position. Ozzie Guillen may have said it best when he made these comments about Jeter, but age catches up to everyone. If anything, Jeter further solidifies how amazing Rose’s career truly was.

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