When I think of Pete Rose, the first thing I think of is “nuance.” Pete Rose is a nuanced man, man. He has opinions on just about every thing, and you can bet there were all carefully considered. Such is the nature of an introspective guy like Charlie Hustle.

When Rose decides the “problem” with today’s hitters is their unwillingness to choke up on the bat, stating their desire to “hit 40 homers so they can get paid” outweighs any interest in hitting for average.

Not to say Pete Rose is wrong about everything, though hitting more home runs tends to be a better way of scoring runs, isn’t it? And the modern bats, ultralight and brittle as they are, make it easier to generate batspeed than in Rose’s day.

Now, if Rose wants to talk about players gripping way down on the knob of the bat? Then I’ll listen. Until that time, Baseball’s Hit King and Resident Nana sounds more like, well, your nana.