The L.A. Times recently published a Q&A of sorts with Pete Rose. A lot of it centered on Buster Posey’s injury and the role of steroids in baseball, but there was also this bit about Derek Jeter’s pursuit of 3,000 hits and possibly Rose’s hits record.
On Jeter, 36, and his 2,994 hits, which is slightly ahead of the pace Rose set, though Rose played until he was 45:
“It’s like this. In order to get 3,000 hits, you have to be consistent, which Jeter is. If Jeter beat my record, I’d be a happy guy. He’s the type of player you’d want to break my record. He’s a winner, plays all the time, plays hurt, can hit a baseball, world champion many, many times over. . . . You take your hat off to him.
“If he ever broke my record, I’d be the first one to congratulate him. It’d be tough. I pretty much dominated until I was 37 years old, and it’s tough to do that.”
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