Report: Phillies can add Pete Rose to Wall of Fame

Pete-Rose.jpgGood morning, and happy Friday! Time for the news.

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME: According to Bob Brookover at, a baseball source says the Phillies have been given approval by Major League Baseball to add Rose onto its Wall of Fame.

Rose may likely be on the ballot this year with Scott Rolen and others.

My take: It doesn’t matter who “others” are. Rolen should be there. Case closed.

THE SAGA CONTINUES: Chase Utley may finally belong to someone this year. The former Phillie apparently has narrowed his decision to four teams, one of them likely being the American League champion Cleveland Indians.

GOMEZ, YOUNG MAN: Phils Manager Pete Mackanin, on MLB Network Radio Thursday, said Jeanmar Gomez “deserves right out of spring training to be our closer.”

I disagree with that. The 29-year-old (happy birthday, by the way!) started strong but finished poorly, as his strikeout rate fell and his ERA climbed in August and September.

Plus on a team like this, why set bullpen roles immediately? Pat Neshek, Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris should all be contenders to close.

Also, do we still need closers?

Ah, whatever. We have a ways to go still until April.



  1. Jax

    February 10, 2017 at 11:26 am

    If rose is on the ballot then I say Rose hands down. Rolen was good but he is no “Hit King”.

  2. Keg

    February 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Rose deserves it, but Rolen should be in first. Btw, yes we still need closers. Don’t believe the hype of the postseason….those same two guys will be used mainly in a closing situation, no matter what you saw in the Series.

  3. Ken Bland

    February 10, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    In the Inquirer story on this Friday morning, the comments on Rolen were interesting.
    Interesting requires definition. A fair number of people were dead set against Rolen being on the WOF because of the way he left. I would say to each their own on that, It is a separate subject, but I feel he’s a HOF guy as well.

    Meanwhile, over/unders on win totals are out.

    National League East
    Washington 90.5
    New York Mets 89.5
    Miami 77.5
    Philadelphia 72.5
    Braves 71.5

    National League Central
    Chicago Cubs: 95.5
    St. Louis 87.5
    Pittsburgh 85.5
    Milwaukee 72.5
    Cincinnati 73.5

    National League West
    Los Angeles Dodgers: 91.5
    San Francisco 87.5
    Colorado 79.5
    Arizona 78.5
    San Diego 64.5

    American League East
    Boston 90.5
    Baltimore 84.5
    Toronto 86.5
    New York Yankees 83.5
    Tampa Bay 75.5

    American League Central
    Cleveland: 92.5
    Detroit 85.5
    Kansas City 80.5
    Chicago White Sox 73.5
    Minnesota 70.5

    American League West
    Houston 87.5
    Texas 86.5
    Seattle 85.5
    Los Angeles Angels 76.5
    Oakland 66.5

    The numbers are from the Atlantis Casino in Reno by way of the Atlanta Journal Constitution where baseball is a more favored topic than football now. Gee, I wonder why.

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