Pete Rose Bats, Coaches For Florence Freedom

Posted On September 03, 2014

By Mike Perleberg


Pete Rose takes a pitch during his one at-bat during an appearance for the Florence Freedom on Tuesday, September 3. Photo courtesy Florence Freedom.

(Florence, Ky.) – The Hit King returned to the baseball diamond Tuesday night.

Former Cincinnati Reds player and MLB career hit leader Pete Rose was an honorary first base coach in the Florence Freedom’s home game against River City at UC Medical Center Stadium in Florence. While Rose has been banned from Major League Baseball since 1989, the Freedom are a member of the unaffiliated Frontier League.

Rose, now 73, led off the game with an unofficial at-bat in which he took three pitches and was then subbed for by a pinch hitter. He then coached at first base for the rest of the evening.

Although Rose never played of for the Frontier League team, his number 14 was retired during the 7th inning.

Despite a loss – Florence fell to River City by a 3-2 final score – fans in attendance said it was a game they won’t soon forget.


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