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.

Comments (8)

  1. I didn’t know Larry King interviewed Grandpa Simpson!

  2. Um, did you play MLB? He’s not the hit king because he wore a crown on his head when he batted. The man knows what he’s talking about, and a lot of hitters could benefit from his instruction. Let the pros tell ppl how players should hit to improve, after all, THEY are the pro.

  3. Pete Rose is the new mascot for Godfather’s Pizza.

  4. Didn’t hear what he said, too busy admiring his fancy white boots.

  5. The second “paragraph” doesn’t make sense…

    Don’t leave us hanging Drew!

  6. Don’t get in Pete Rose’s face, Drew. He was an awesomely good baseball player and he’s probably still so high on cocaine that he’s likely to be extremely aggressive. Look at the nostrils on that old dude!

  7. Oh hitting tips. Thought it said ‘hatting’ tips. Nice fedora.

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