Pete Rose Says Baseballs Are Juiced, Isn’t Happy When He Watches MLB

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Bob Nightengale interviewed Pete Rose about why Rose thinks the MLB is a “bad place to be” on Saturday. Here are some quotes; • "I'm going to argue with baseball until the day I die that baseball is juiced. I don't care what anybody says. They'll say it's not, which they have to. I saw a ball bounce behind the dugout the other day in Anaheim and it bounced into the second deck. Now, there's something going on there. • "I saw Bryce Harper break his bat in half, and hit a 420-foot home run in New York. That just doesn't happen. I know the ballparks are small. It just seems to me that everybody who plays baseball today is a potential home-run hitter." • "Too many guys just sit around waiting for that two-run, three-run home runs. The teams that put the ball in play go to the World Series." What are your thoughts? #MLB #Baseball #PeteRose #USAToday #Reds #BryceHarper #Steroids #TradeDeadline #BaseballNews #MLBNews #BaseballRumors #BaseballNews

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As he does every year, Pete Rose has set up shop outside of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this weekend signing autographs for the people who made the trek to the ceremony. Gotta respect Pete’s hustle in the autograph game. It’s at least been well over a decade now that’s been slinging his signature to the autograph dorks.

It also seems like we get an interview out of Pete this weekend every year that has him back in the news. Probably because reporters know he’s going to be there without a doubt every summer. Usually, it has something to do with him commenting on the current state of the game. This weekend was no different.

USA Today – “I’m going to argue with baseball until the day I die,” Rose said, “that baseball is juiced. I don’t care what anybody says. They’ll say it’s not, which they have to. I saw a ball bounce behind the dugout the other day in Anaheim and it bounced into the second deck. Now, there’s something going on there.

“I saw Bryce Harper break his bat in half, and hit a 420-foot home run in New York. That just doesn’t happen. I know the ballparks are small. It just seems to me that everybody who plays baseball today is a potential home-run hitter.

“You get tired of watching the highlights on MLB and ESPN. Every hit is a home run.”

We’re keeping the theme rolling today with old guys mad at 2018 baseball. Except, when the Hit King talks, I’ll listen, unlike Joe Simpson. At least when Pete Rose was on TV yelling about the state of the game, it was Pete Rose. That itself makes it entertaining.

And I actually agree to an extent with Pete. There is a major problem with homers and strikeouts. Games draggggg without any action for long stretches. Shit gets boring quickly. As far as juiced balls go, well I wish they’d juice ’em more. If we can’t have steroids anymore, at least pump up those balls to make them fly to the moon. That’s some form of entertainment every half-hour or so during a game.

He went on to say he’s not happy watching baseball anymore.

“I’m not real happy when I watch baseball,’’ Rose said, “fundamentally the way it’s played. It seems like back in the 70s and 80s we worked on fundamentals. We spent a little more time in the minor leagues than they do today because there are 30 teams, and they’re going to hurry them to the big leagues.’’

And that concludes our Sunday edition of old guys yelling about baseball.