Press release from Fox Sports, April 18, 2015:
Pete Rose, a 17-time Major League Baseball All-Star and three-time World Series champion is slated to serve FOX Sports as a guest studio analyst. The announcement was made today by John Entz, Executive Vice President, Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.
“It’s obvious that Pete has a vast knowledge of baseball history, but what is equally impressive is how well informed and opinionated he is about the game today,” said Entz. “He’s one of the most popular players to ever put on a uniform and we have no doubt that people will truly enjoy his insight and enthusiasm.”
In his television role, Rose provides analysis and insight for FOX Sports’ pregame and postgame shows as part of its presentation of regular-season MLB games on both FOX and FOX Sports 1. In addition, he contributes to FOX Sports 1’s original studio programs AMERICA’S PREGAME, MLB WHIPAROUND and its signature news, highlights and commentary program, FOX SPORTS LIVE.
Rose spent 24 seasons in the major leagues, retiring in 1986 as one of the most accomplished hitters in the history of the sport. He amassed an MLB-record 4,256 hits during his career, won three National League batting titles and was named to the All-Star team at five different positions.
He was named the 1963 National League Rookie of the Year, the 1973 NL Most Valuable Player and over a stretch of 17 seasons from 1965-81, he ranked in the top 10 in the National League in hitting an impressive 13 times. Rose dutifully served as the leadoff man and lineup catalyst for the feared Cincinnati Reds “Big Red Machine” teams of the 1970’s that made four trips to the World Series during the decade and won back-to-back championships in 1975-76.
After playing his first 16 seasons in Cincinnati, Rose signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent in 1979 and helped the franchise to its first-ever World Series title in 1980. He later returned to Cincinnati serving first as a player/manager (1984-86) and then as the team’s full-time skipper, producing a 412-373 (.525 pct.) over his six seasons at the helm. Rose was banned from working in MLB in 1989 for violating Rule 21(d) while managing the Cincinnati Reds, but has recently petitioned for reinstatement.