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Thursday, September 04, 2014

An interview with the ‘Hit King,’ Pete Rose

Don’t let the fear of making outs hold you back!

Mark: You’ve also got the record for the most at bats.

Pete: And I’ve got the record for the most games and I’ve got the record for the most wins.

Mark: The most outs too? Comment on that.

Pete: That’s okay, I mean, that’s okay. The guy second now is pretty good, his name is Carl Yastrzemski. I batted fourteen thousand and some times. I got four thousand and some hits. It was fun making the outs and having the opportunity to try to get base hits. You know, longevity is part of being a good person, whether you’re in business or whether you’re in sports and I played twenty-four years. I was pretty much injury free over most of my career and I was always surrounded with great players. You know I played with ten Hall of Famers. The first one being Frank Robinson and the last one being Barry Larkin. You throw in Bench, Morgan and Perez and you throw in Carlton and Mike Schmidt and you go up to Montreal and you throw in Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. You come back home as player/manager and you throw in Barry Larkin. I played for Sparky Anderson, Hall of Fame Manager. I played against a lot of Hall of Famers. Hit off of nineteen Hall of Fame pitchers. I don’t know how many Hall of Famers I played against. Pretty darn many I think.

...Mark: Well, you’ve traveled throughout the United States, now what makes this region of Cincinnati (Clermont County) so special to you?

Pete: Well, obviously one thing I was born here. Two, I was always a Cincinnati Reds fan growing up. Every boy wanted to be a Cincinnati Red. I’m no different than anybody else. I just happened to live the dream and be able to accomplish what I did in this town. I mean, there are a lot of good things going on in this town.

You know most of the things that I like about Cincinnati are involved in baseball. You know I’m not the type of guy that goes to plays, the Phantom of the Opera, although it’s great, I’m too macho to do that kind of stuff.

 

Repoz Posted: September 04, 2014 at 07:48 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:01 AM (#4785179)
"So tell us Pete, what did you do for a living? So baseball, this was your vocation then?"
   2. Jeltzandini Posted: September 04, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4785208)
longevity is part of being a good person


Roberto Clemente got a lot of press, but feeding earthquake victims doesn't really help the ballclub.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 04, 2014 at 12:03 PM (#4785349)
You know, longevity is part of being a good person,


Well, I guess 33 was fairly old back in Jesus' day. MLK, though, he's got no excuse.
   4. The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:22 PM (#4785421)
It's not quite THE CHRIS FARLEY SHOW, but it's close.
   5. Scott Ross Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4785432)
I batted fourteen thousand and some times. I got four thousand and some hits.

When did Pete start pretending not to know his career stats?
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 04, 2014 at 01:43 PM (#4785449)

You know I played with ten Hall of Famers. The first one being Frank Robinson and the last one being Barry Larkin. You throw in Bench, Morgan and Perez and you throw in Carlton and Mike Schmidt and you go up to Montreal and you throw in Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. You come back home as player/manager and you throw in Barry Larkin. I played for Sparky Anderson, Hall of Fame Manager.

He also played with Ryne Sandberg for 13 games in Philly.
   7. Rennie's Tenet Posted: September 04, 2014 at 02:25 PM (#4785515)
When did Pete start pretending not to know his career stats?


The guy's 73 years old.
   8. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 04, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4785560)
You know, longevity is part of being a good person

And when you're not a good person, it can kill your longevity.

Rose knows exactly how many PA and hits he has. And how many Jeter has, and, for all I know, how many Greg Colbrunn had. Just part of what makes him Pete Rose.
   9. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: September 04, 2014 at 03:12 PM (#4785573)
If only Ichiro played his whole career in MLB, he'd be closing in on 4,256 and then Pete Rose calling himself the 'Hit King' would have no meaning.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:59 PM (#4785651)
If only Ichiro played his whole career in MLB, he'd be closing in on 4,256 and then Pete Rose calling himself the 'Hit King' would have no meaning.


He still could be...well, you know the rest.
   11. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 04, 2014 at 05:13 PM (#4785658)
If only Ichiro played his whole career in MLB, he'd be closing in on 4,256 and then Pete Rose calling himself the 'Hit King' would have no meaning.

That is a big assumption.
   12. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:36 PM (#4785823)
If only Ichiro played his whole career in MLB, he'd be closing in on 4,256 and then Pete Rose calling himself the 'Hit King' would have no meaning.

That is a big assumption.


This is already a "dead horse" topic at Primer, but it does seem to me that Ichiro would at least have had a very good chance at 4,000 major-league hits if he had played his entire career in the U.S. His current Japan + MLB total is just over 4,100.

You can say that he wouldn't have reached the majors as early (true) and he wouldn't have hit for as high an average in the U.S. (probably true), but he would have benefited from the longer MLB seasons (approximately 30 games per year) so maybe it's a wash.

I do think it's pretty unlikely that he'd pass Pete Rose.
   13. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:06 AM (#4785864)
I've been working on historical Japanese MLEs as a hobby project.

If anything, Ichiro's NPB career understates the number of hits he would have had in MLB. Going from AAA to MLB represents a 22% jump in league difficulty. However, Ichiro would benefit from playing at the height of the sillyball era. The AL from 1994-2000 scored 20% more runs per game than the Pacific League. Then you add in the 20-25% increase in the number of scheduled games.

With the assumption that NPB is AAA level, I project that placing Ichiro into the AL from 1994-2000 in a neutral park would give him exactly 4,200 hits entering play today.
   14. Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 05, 2014 at 01:17 AM (#4785883)
Nice post. I was always curious what Ichiro's MLE's would cum out looking like. Can you go a bit into how you calculate them?
   15. Downtown Bookie Posted: September 05, 2014 at 04:16 AM (#4785897)
You know I played with ten Hall of Famers. The first one being Frank Robinson and the last one being Barry Larkin. You throw in Bench, Morgan and Perez and you throw in Carlton and Mike Schmidt and you go up to Montreal and you throw in Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. You come back home as player/manager and you throw in Barry Larkin. I played for Sparky Anderson, Hall of Fame Manager.

He also played with Ryne Sandberg for 13 games in Philly.


He was also a teammate of Tom Seaver with the Reds.

DB
   16. Jeltzandini Posted: September 05, 2014 at 08:07 AM (#4785916)
Also a Phillies teammate of Frick Awardee Tim McCarver.

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