Pete Rose Jr.
|Pete Rose Jr.|
November 16, 1969 |
|September 1, 1997, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 1997, for the Cincinnati Reds|
Peter Edward "PJ" Rose Jr. (born November 16, 1969) is the former manager of the Wichita Wingnuts in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball and former professional baseball player. The son of Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose, Rose Jr. played in the minor leagues most of his career except for a brief stint in 1997 for the Cincinnati Reds. He was released September 14, 2009, by the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. In 2011, he joined the White Sox coaching staff and became the manager of their Appalachian League (rookie league) affiliate in Bristol. In 2013, he moved up to the Pioneer League with the affiliate in Great Falls, Montana. After one season, he advanced to the lower-A South Atlantic League team in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
Rose was often shown on national television during his childhood years as a batboy for his father's teams. When his father joined the Phillies in 1979, Rose Jr. spent time with Aaron Boone, Bret Boone, Ryan Luzinski, and Mark McGraw in the Phillies clubhouse. He appeared on a 1982 Fleer baseball card (#640) titled "Pete & Re-Pete; Pete Rose & son" with his father; he was twelve at the time. As a teenager, on September 11, 1985, he made an emotional on-field appearance live on ESPN to celebrate with his father after Rose Sr. broke Ty Cobb's record for most career hits.
In his youth, Rose played baseball for Bridgetown, a suburb of Cincinnati. He would later become a fixture in baseball's minor leagues. He began his pro baseball career when he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and was assigned to the Erie Orioles of the New York–Penn League in 1989. In 1990 he joined the class A Frederick Keys of the Carolina League. In 1992 he played for the Columbus Red Stixx of the class A South Atlantic League. In 1993 he returned to the Carolina league this time playing for the Prince William Cannons (Woodbridge, Virginia -White Sox affiliate).
Rose's best minor league season was in 1997 at Chattanooga, for the Chattanooga Lookouts, at age 27. He hit .308 in 112 games with 25 home runs, 98 RBIs, 31 doubles and 75 runs scored for the Lookouts. Later that year, Rose was called up to the Cincinnati Reds for his first and only time in the major leagues. He hit only .143 in just 11 games for the Reds, but was widely shown on popular sports highlight shows when he copied his dad's famous crouching batting stance during the first pitch of his first Major League at-bat. The junior Rose's two MLB hits give him and his father 4,258 hits, the fourth-most ever by a father and son behind Bobby and Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr., and Gus and Buddy Bell. (The Roses are also the only father-and-son combo to get over 6,000 hits in pro ball, majors and minors, with 6,467 at the end of 2009.)
Another of Rose's notable feats in the minors was, in 1998, while playing for the Indianapolis Indians of the International League, he and three teammates hit for the rare "homer cycle" in one inning; Rose opened the inning with a solo home run; Jason Williams, three at-bats later, hit a three-run home run; four batters later, Glen Murray hit a grand slam; and two hitters later, Guillermo Garcia hit a two-run shot to complete the cycle.
Rose played for the Tigres del Chinandega, a Nicaraguan professional baseball team during the 2007–2008 offseason. In 2007 and 2008, he played for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. He signed with the York Revolution on June 27, 2009, and was released on September 14, 2009.
On February 16, 2016, Rose was named manager of the Wichita Wingnuts in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
Conviction for GBL distribution
In November 2005, Rose was indicted for distributing gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) to his Lookouts teammates in the late 1990s. GBL is known to be sold under the counter at retailers as a sports performance enhancer as well as a sedative. When taken orally, GBL is converted to the "date-rape" drug GHB [gamma hydroxybutyrate]. Rose pleaded guilty to this charge on November 7, 2005, claiming that he distributed GBL to teammates to help them relax after games.
During that time, he started with the Bridgeport Bluefish on July 25, 2006 and played for them through the remainder of the 2006 season.
In December 2007, Rose's name was released in Kirk Radomski's unsealed affidavit as an alleged user of performance-enhancing drugs. Rose was one of only four baseball players listed in the affidavit who was not referenced in the Mitchell Report, together with Sid Fernandez, Rick Holyfield, and Ryan Schurman.
- Games: 1,918
- At Bats: 6,938
- Hits: 1,877
- Runs: 897
- Doubles: 357
- Triples: 30
- Home runs: 158
- Runs batted in: 1,027
- Batting average: .271
- Bases on balls: 723
- Strikeouts: 825
- Stolen bases: 36
- Caught stealing: 27
- Games: 11
- At bats: 14
- Runs scored: 2
- Hits: 2
- Doubles: 0
- Triples: 0
- Home runs: 0
- Runs batted in: 1
- Total bases: 4
- Bases on balls: 2
- Strikeouts: 9
- Stolen bases: 0
- Caught stealing: 0
- On-base percentage: .250
- Slugging percentage: .143
- Batting average: .143
- Pete Rose Jr. is Minor League Manager
- Great Falls Voyagers web site roster page
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- "Named in Grimsley affidavit, Watson denies using performance-enhancing drugs". CBS News. 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2008-01-15.