Pete Rose Jr., the son of major league baseball’s career hits leader, will be promoted from Class AA Chattanooga and start at third base for the Cincinnati Reds on Monday against the Kansas City Royals.
“It means the world to me - it’s a dream come true,” Rose Jr. said Friday. “It’s something I always wanted to do as a kid. Now, finally, it’s come true.”
Rose Jr., in his ninth season in the minors, was promoted in June from Chattanooga of the Southern League to Indianapolis of the American Association, but was later sent back to Chattanooga.
Rose Jr. called his parents to tell them the news. “My mom couldn’t talk, she was crying so much. My dad … was kind of ‘Pete Rose’ about it. He told me to ‘go up and get the hits. Congratulations. I’m proud of you. I love you.”’
In 1997, Rose Jr. has had his best season in the minors. He is hitting .300 with 25 home runs and 98 RBIs in 122 games for Chattanooga and Indianapolis.
Owners seek to dump DH
Baseball owners, preparing for next month’s vote to realign the American and National leagues, proposed to eliminate the designated hitter.
Management negotiator Randy Levine told the players’ association that owners wanted to eliminate the DH in several years but did not set an exact time, saying it was a subject for negotiation.
Union head Donald Fehr said his side was unlikely to accept it. With the possibility that some teams may switch leagues next season, the matter has become a hot topic in baseball.
Cone pleased with progress
The Yankees’ David Cone threw off a mound for the first time since being sidelined with tendinitis in his right shoulder, and after 50 pitches said he had passed a big test. He is hoping to rejoin the starting rotation in time for New York’s big series against the first-place Baltimore Orioles next week.
Phillies sign Maddox’s son
Outfielder Derrick Maddox, son of ex-Phillies player Garry Maddox, has signed a minor league contract with the team for the 1998 season. Maddox, 22, was signed as an amateur free agent with the Phillies’ Martinsville, Va., farm team. The senior Maddox played for the Phillies from 1975-1986.
Devil Rays look to Japan
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays signed a two-year agreement with Japan’s Seibu Lions, giving the Devil Rays help in scouting Japan for potential major leaguers. The Lions will scout all levels of competition throughout Japan on behalf of the Devil Rays. In return, the Devil Rays will help the Lions sign players outside Japan.
Howe charged with DUI
Former Yankees pitcher Steve Howe was charged with drunken driving in connection with the motorcycle crash in Montana that critically injured him on Aug. 19. Howe, 39, was released Monday from Kalispell Regional Medical Center. He was also charged with operating a motorcycle without the proper license.
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