Phillies fans haven’t seen Pete Rose at a game in over thirty years – but that’s about to change.
He was a 17-time All-Star and got 826 of his 4,256 hits during his five years playing for the Phillies from 1979-83.
And Pete Rose shocked fans as he’s set to return to Phillies’ field for the first time since his MLB ban.
Eighty-one year old Pete Rose will return to a major league diamond soon, making his first appearance in Philadelphia in August since he was banned from baseball.
Rose was banned for life in August 1989 after an investigation for MLB by lawyer John Dowd found Rose placed numerous bets on the Cincinnati Reds to win from 1985-87 while playing for and managing the team.
The career hits leader will be part of Phillies alumni weekend.
He will be introduced on the field alongside many former teammates from the 1980 World Series championship team on August 7.
During Saturday night’s television broadcast of the Cubs-Phillies game, Larry Bowa, the starting shortstop on the 1980 team, said that Rose would appear at the event and a Phillies spokesperson confirmed Bowa’s statement.
In a statement, the Phillies said they “received permission from the commissioner’s office” to invite Rose, and the team consulted with Rose’s teammates from the 1980 club and “everyone wants him there.”
Some voiced displeasure at the news because of a controversy involving Rose’s relationship with an underage girl.
Rose was accused of having a relationship with a girl under the age of 16.
But the age of consent in Ohio, where some of the relationship was alleged to have taken place, is 16.
Rose reportedly admitted he had a relationship with the girl, but believed she was older than 16.
Alex Coffey is a Phillies writer for the Philadelphia Enquirer and wrote on Twitter, “In 2017, a woman testified she had a sexual relationship w Pete Rose at age 14/15. The Phillies canceled his HOF induction.”
In 2017, a woman testified she had a sexual relationship w Pete Rose at age 14/15. The Phillies canceled his HOF induction.
— Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) July 24, 2022
Rose was never criminally charged because the statute of limitations in Ohio passed when the allegations emerged.
The Phillies already tried to shift the focus off Rose, calling it a team celebration.
But Rose’s involvement is sure to be the biggest story from the August 7 celebration.
Yahoo Sports writes, “Assuming he is greeted with cheers, his is presence at the park will be normalized, opening the door for the Phillies to honor Rose at individual events. The Aug. 7 event provides a gateway for Rose to re-enter the baseball world.”