ST. PETERSBURG — Pete Rose was honored Saturday to be officially inducted into the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame.
"Anytime you get into something this big, it's special," Rose said before the dinner at the Trop. "There's a lot of things happening for me right now. I made the Reds Hall of Fame, got my number retired and this year they're doing a statue. … I have a shot to make the Phillies Wall of Fame. I'm getting old, but a lot of great things are happening."
There obviously is a bigger honor Rose, 75, cherishes, but he remains ineligible for Baseball's Hall to Fame due to a 1989 ban stemming from gambling on games when managing the Reds, and he has been denied several requests for reinstatement.
"I can't complain about it because I'm the one who screwed things up," Rose said. "If I didn't screw up, I'd be in the Hall of Fame. But like everyone else in this country we live in, all you do is hope sometime somebody will give you a second chance. I won't need a third chance."
Also honored were Willie Horton, Cookie Rojas, Camilio Pascual, and legendary scout Tom Giordano. The dinner was hosted by Rays starter Chris Archer, with proceeds to charity.
YANKS BLAST AGENT: Yankees president Randy Levine feels Dellin Betances was the victim of "over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality" by his representatives at Friday's arbitration hearing won by the team.
The right-hander will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request. Betances is represented by Jim Murray.
“What his agents did was make him a victim of an attempt to change a marketplace in baseball that has been well established … and I feel bad for him that he was used that way," Levine said. "$5 million goes to elite closers, people who pitch the ninth inning and have a lot, a lot and a lot of saves. Dellin didn't have that record."
PADRES: Right-hander Jered Weaver agreed to a $3 million, one-year deal.
REDS: Outfielder Ryan Raburn, a former Durant High and UF standout, is expected to pass a physical and sign a minor-league deal today.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.