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Do you think Jeter will pass Pete Rose as the all-time hits leader?

Mark
Canton, IL

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derrick rose simeon.jpgDamn, I knew Derrick Rose was gifted but the all-time hits leader at his age?  That’s just straight up impressive.  I didn’t even know they counted hits in basketball!  Is that like a non-foul or something?

Oh, Pete Rose.  Whoops.  Sorry about that one.  Oh yeah, I was just joking.  Of course I knew what you meant.  And as for your question….

I’m not sure.  I think we’ll know a lot more at the end of this upcoming season.  See, here’s the thing.  It depends on which Derek Jeter shows up in 2011.  If the Derek Jeter of 2009 shows up, he has a fighting chance assuming he can continue that form.  Rose played 23 seasons and Jeter, at 36 with 15 seasons under his belt, could probably put in another 5 or so.  Assume he goes 6 seasons and can stay consistently around 200 hits a year, he has a decent chance of catching Rose.  If 2010 Jeter takes his place, let’s just say it’s not very likely and leave it at that.

But this leads us to a larger question.  Derek Jeter is a sure-fire Hall of Famer.  At this point in his career, he’s in a league by himself.  But he’s still chasing Pete Rose, a man who is banned from the Hall despite holding some of the most important records in baseball.  Yes, Rose hurt the game of baseball and desecrated his own name with his actions.  But denying him a place in the Hall cheapens baseball.

At this point in the discussion, I’m sure some people will insert the Barry Bonds argument but the two have nothing to do with each other.  Rose bet on games, maybe even threw a few despite the fact that he denies it.  However, you can’t deny his dominance as a player and the fact that he did it through his own abilities.  Despite Bonds’ very real abilities without the juicing, you can’t say the same of him.  Sadly, the real difference is that Bonds could still make it into the Hall despite his well-chronicled use of PEDs but Rose is barred for life.  This is plainly and simply a disservice to the game and a disservice to the Hall.

So that’s a long, rambling and completely underwhelming answer to your question, Mark.  If you just want my opinion on whether Jeter will pass Rose, though, I’d say no.  But Jeter will still be in the Hall and Rose will still be outside looking in.

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