On May 11, 1980 Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Pete Rose displayed his abilities as a base runner. Unlike many players who might steal second once every couple games, he went on to steal third and then home plate, all in one inning. This is a rarity on the score cards since it is only achievable by a select few strong base runners. The opponents, Rose’s former team the Cincinnati Reds had Mario Soto on the mound and Don Werner was behind the plate catching the ball. Third Baseman Mike Schmidt stole second while Rose accomplished a double steal moving from second to home, in one play. The Phillies ended up winning the game 7-3. Rose played a significant role in the success of the 1980 Phillies team who not only beat the Houston Astros for the pennant, they finished their season by beating the Kansas City Royals four games to two in the World Series.
Rose played a significant role in the success of the 1980 Phillies team who not only beat the Houston Astros for the pennant, they finished their season by beating the Kansas City Royals four games to two in the world series. He ended his carrier in 1986 with the Reds and totaled almost 16,000 plate appearances and stole 198 bases alongside 2,165 runs and 1,314 RBIs in his 23 years in Major League Baseball.
Many fans believe his number, 14, should be retired from use by the Reds franchise there is a bigger dilemma standing. This is the belief that Rose belongs in Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. There was a chance for him to get inducted but because of steroid scandals there were no votes cast for new inductees this year, 2013. The only thing stopping him now is the fact that he was caught betting on baseball instead of the ever popular steroidal scandals of the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Rose was a strong batter, one of the greatest ever, and should be recognized as such. Yet, a small mishap put him in the same boat as the players who used performance enhancing drugs, to never get recognition.
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