Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pete Rose proud of induction into Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame

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.

Pete Rose proud of induction into Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame 02/18/17 [Last modified: Saturday, February 18, 2017 9:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Wins record in reach for Phil Hayford after nearly four decades of coaching


    ST. PETERSBURG — Phil Hayford always wanted to be a football coach.

    Keswick Christian football coach Phil Hayford in the huddle during practice at the school in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2017. Hayford is one win shy of tying the Pinellas County record for overall wins. Hayford, 70, has an overall record of 194-143, which includes 33 years at Shorecrest and two at Keswick.
  2. Rick and Tom podcast: Big sigh of relief for the Bucs


    The Bucs got good news on Jameis Winston's throwing shoulder as x-rays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day with a chance to play this weekend in Buffalo. In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom …

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws incomplete under pressure during Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Exposé 'Champions Way' uses FSU to illustrate bad behavior in college programs


    While the entire college football universe was focused on a sexual assault allegation against quarterback Jameis Winston during Florida State's 2013 national title run, another off-field scandal was playing out quietly.

     Jameis Winston (5) warms up before the game between Florida State Seminoles and the University of Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
  4. Charlie Strong, Gulf High and the best (old) Jon Gruden-Tennessee rumor


    As Butch Jones keeps losing, Tennessee Vols fans are turning to one of the media's favorite pastimes.

  5. Lightning edges Red Wings on road

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — The digs were different, the Lightning seeing the masterfully-done new Little Caesar's Arena for the first time.

    Lightning center/Red Wings’ killer Tyler Johnson gets past defenseman Trevor Daley on his way to the first goal of the game.