Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Obligations take Pete Rose off World Series broadcast

The most perplexing thing about the World Series for some wasn't how Daniel Murphy let a slow grounder go under his glove.

Rather, it was this: What the heck happened to Pete Rose?

The Fox postseason analyst and major-league hit king vanished from the air before the weekend. Twitter was abuzz with speculation.

Turns out, the truth is simple. Rose had places to be, things to sign.

"They were kind of disappointed I wasn't there, and to be honest I was disappointed, too," Rose said Sunday. "But I'm the kind of guy who lives up to my contracts. You've got to honor your obligations."

Those obligations included a dinner and speech with a group Rose didn't identify. They also included an autograph signing, which is how Rose made all his money before Fox hired him this year to talk about baseball.

IRON MAN: The Royals' Salvador Perez set a major-league record for innings caught over a two-year span since 1914, according to STATS. Perez's total innings behind the plate during the regular season and postseason climbed to 2,713 through Game 4 of the World Series. The highest total had been 2,704 for the Cubs' Randy Hundley in 1967-68. In addition, Perez has caught 38 spring training innings over the past two years plus 36 during the major-league All-Stars 2014 postseason tour of Japan.

YOUTHS HONORED: The Mets honored Team USA's 18-under championship club before Game 4 Saturday night, a team coached by the dad of New York minor-leaguer Gavin Cecchini and former major-league INF David Eckstein. "It's great that they're honoring the boys (Saturday), but it's another bonus to get to see the Mets, where my son plays, getting a chance to compete to win a World Series," Glenn Cecchini said.

RATINGS: Game 4 was the most-watched Saturday World Series game since 2009, when the Yankees beat the Phillies in Game 3. The game drew 13.6 million viewers with a 7.8 rating and a 16 share, Fox said.

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