Is Pete Rose the Best Phillies Player of All Time?

When we think of truly memorable baseball players, the Philadelphia Phillies bring a great deal to the table in terms of the personalities that they have developed over the years. Some well-known names include Mike Schmidt, Chase Utley, Tug McGraw, and Ryan Howard. However, other individuals have taken on a life of their own in terms of immortality. One perfect example of this observation can be seen when referring to Pete Rose.

While a handful could argue that Rose is not at the top of the Phillies list in terms of statistics while he was on the diamond, there is much more to greatness than home runs and fielding. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why a growing number of fans consider Pete Rose to represent the epitome of Phillies baseball.

A Relatively Short Tenure with a Massive Impact

To be clear, Pete Rose was not the most long-lived Phillies player. His total stint lasted only five seasons and yet, he cemented his name amongst the legends during this time. This is largely due to his personality while on the field. Many believe that Rose exhibited what has made the Phillies great over the years; a level of non-stop motivation. This very same intensity made him, adored by fans and feared by competitors. While flamboyant and over the top on occasion, do these traits not also partially define baseball?

In terms of statistics, Rose also made a name for himself. Let’s remember that the Phillies failed to make it to the World Series for three consecutive years (between 1976 and 1978). However, his presence can be directly attributed to their 1980 win. This is one of the reasons why he is still affectionately known as “Charlie Hustle”.

More Than the Phillies Alone

We are all aware that Pete Rose was also known for his betting habits. Unfortunately, user-friendly websites such as comeongaming.com simply did not exist at the time. This led him to employ traditional bookmakers (and not without a fair amount of bad press). Although this cast a rather dark shadow over his career at the time, we also need to keep in mind that he was a successful manager of the Cincinnati Reds for five years during the latter half of the 1980s. Finally, let’s remember that Rose is still the all-time leader in hits, at-bats, games played, singles, and outs. This arguably makes him one of the most talented all-around personalities to have ever walked onto the diamond.

Due to the scandals involved later in his career, Pete Rose is currently ineligible to be entered into the Hall of Fame and this is quite unfortunate. Still, we have to focus upon how he positively impacted the Philadelphia Phillies in order to remember that even the best players can make mistakes on occasion. If we look at the sheer numbers as well as the 1980s World Series win, there is no doubt that Rose will be fondly remembered as one of the all-time greats.

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9 thoughts on “Is Pete Rose the Best Phillies Player of All Time?

  1. What a ridiculous argument. Rose was not a “Philly”, he was a Cincinnati Red who came over to the Phillies for four years after 15 in Cincy where he won a boatload of WS titles and did all his major league record setting. Rose left the club and afterwards played for two other teams. Mike Schmidt was a Philly from beginning to end …

  2. You guys don’t go back far enough…the two greatest Phillies are Ed Delahanty & Grover Cleveland Alexander. Nobody else is close. Look ’em up!

  3. I feel that Pete Rose is one of the greatest players ever played the game. Everyone makes mistakes in their lives and great players players like him should not be punished for the rest of his life. Have many people out has never made a mistake? That’s my answer.

  4. If he isn’t the greatest Phillies ever he has a lock on number 2. As far as baseball and the Hall of Fame it is a travesty that he cannot be considered for induction. He never bet against the teams he played on or managed. I’d much rather have my children and grandchildren idolize him than the Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosas, Mark Maguires etc of the world. I recall a sign in Wrigley field a Cub’s fan had when they played the Pirates a few years back. It read: Hey Barry: The Babe did it on Hot Dogs, Beer and Cigars!! What are you doing it on??

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