Most successful Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose in MLB history has made it clear he’s not a fan of heavy hitting players.
In a recent interview with USA Today, Rose opened up about the New York Yankees and the loss of the AL Wild Card to the Boston Red Sox. Rose lambasted the team’s roster, especially slugger Joey Gallo.
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“It was the worst training they could have put on the field,” Rose said, via NESN.com. “Their six, seven, eight, nine batters were all offside. They must have had [Aaron] Judge and [Giancarlo] Stanton is doing something. If they didn’t hit, all the pressure was on Joey Gallo. You saw how it worked. “
Rose finished with a 0.303 batting average and an MLB record of 4,256 hits, and he’s never struck more than 76 strikes in a single season.
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So the player with the most hits in league history would have a hard time digesting Gallo’s slash line of .160 / .303 / .404.
In the 2021 regular season, Gallo was batting 0.160 in 58 games played for the Yankees. He hit 13 home runs with 22 RBIs, but struck out 88 strikes in 188 at-bat. Gallo went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the game against the Red Sox.
Rose tore Gallo apart for his high strikeout rating and poor batting average.
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“How does someone who hasn’t played every day hit 213 times?” Rose asked. “Ray Charles wouldn’t hit that much. I just can’t imagine hitting 213 times without killing myself.”
The Yankees acquired Gallo mid-season because they desperately needed a left-handed stick in their roster. He is expected to return to New York for another season before entering free agency in 2022.