The man known as “Charlie Hustle” is back in Major League Baseball. Well….sort of. On Saturday, it was announced that Pete Rose would being joining FOX Sports as an analyst for their televised broadcasts. But his return comes with a few exceptions.
As most of you know, unless you’ve been living under a rock since 1989, Rose received a lifetime ban for gambling on the game and that has prohibited him from having essentially anything to do with baseball. But his new job is so close to actually being back in baseball, it may only be a matter of time before he finally gets taken off the list of banned players. He was put on the list by then-commissioner Bart Giamatti, when it was revealed he bet on games while managing the Cincinnati Reds.
The best part about his new gig is it doesn’t contract with his ban, and neither side needed permission from Major League Baseball to make it happen. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports was the one who broke the story on Saturday. FOX kept the league informed of what was happening, but hiring Rose or anyone else is entirely up to the network. Under his current ban, Rose cannot be in the broadcast areas at any ballpark. This allows him to be involved at least in some capacity. As an analyst, Rose said that he would be honest but fair.
If you make a mistake, a mental mistake — we all make errors, we all strike out. But you can tell when a guy has got the right approach versus a guy who is not hustling. I’ll bring that out. I’m not going to be vicious to the person, but if you’re commentating you have to tell it like it is.
Not to the standpoint where you’re picking on the individual. But if a guy hits a ground ball and he takes two steps out of the box and doesn’t run, you have to mention that. Or if a guy continues to throw to the wrong base from the outfield, you’ve got to mention that.
I enjoy talking baseball, and that’s what this is all about. Enjoying the game of baseball, sitting in the green room watching two or three games, getting on TV and talking about it. It’s right up my alley, I think. I’m just trying to give back to baseball. Hopefully people will watch and I’ll make some good points that will help them understand the game more.
No official start date has been announced for Rose, but he now a part of the network. He has officially requested reinstatement from new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who replaced Bud Selig in January. Manfred said last month that he would “deal with that request on its merits.” Since Rose can’t be in the broadcast area of any ballpark yet, he will be taking part of the pregame and postgame shows on the network.