Northern League team re-signs Pete Rose Jr.

Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2004

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) Pete Rose Jr. is ready to give it another try.

The son of baseball's career hits king is returning to the independent Joliet JackHammers, where the infielder was an All-Star last season in his first year with the Northern League team.

''He plays the game the right way day in, day out,'' Joliet bench coach Mike Pinto said Monday.

Now 34, Rose wants to make it back to the majors. He played 11 games for Cincinnati in 1997, going 2-for-14 and scoring two runs.

Earlier this month, Rose Sr. said he still held out hope that his son would again play in the big leagues.

''We're going to send a letter to every (team). Because he's really swinging the bat good,'' Rose said. ''He's really worked hard this winter, and he's big and he's strong and he's swinging the bat really well. Hopefully, someone will give him a shot.''

Banned from baseball, Rose Sr. went to see his son play twice for Joliet last season.

Drafted by Baltimore in 1988, Rose has played 1,404 games in the minors.

He has hit .264 with 100 home runs and 706 RBIs.

Rose played 78 games for Joliet last year, batting .260 with four home runs and 38 RBIs. He played 38 games at first base and 32 at third base.

Rose started at third base in the All-Star game and won the home-run derby at the skills competition.

The All-Star game in the upcoming Northern League season will be at Joliet.

Rose is sure help Joliet's attendance.

''I definitely think so. Who doesn't want to see a guy with the name of Pete Rose in uniform?'' JackHammers spokesman Bryan Dolgin said.

''He's definitely a player of interest to the fans.''

Joliet opens its May 20 at home against Gary.

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