Rose takes pa­tient ap­proach with play­ers who make mis­takes

Winnipeg Sun - - SPORTS - — Paul Friesen

Maybe it’s be­cause of the mas­sive ex­pec­ta­tions he faced as a player, or the un­due pres­sure he put on him­self to reach the big leagues.

But Pete Rose, Jr., the son of base­ball’s all-time hits leader, takes a pretty laid-back ap­proach to man­ag­ing the in­de­pen­dent Wi­chita Wingnuts. “They know it’s OK to fail,” Rose said. “I’m not a guy that likes to shuf­fle guys in and out. The game’s hard as it is, and they’re go­ing to make mis­takes. You can’t be up there play­ing like, ‘If I go 0-for-4 I’m outta here.’

“You go 0-for-4, you’re go­ing to play to­mor­row. And you might go 0-for-4 to­mor­row and you’re go­ing to play af­ter that.”

While Rose changed maybe three play­ers all sea­son, the Win­nipeg Gold­eyes have gone through more catch­ers, alone, than that this sea­son, and about a dozen play­ers, over­all.

“I’ve never had any­one show as much con­fi­dence in me as Pete has,” Wingnuts short­stop Leo Var­gas said. “Day in, day out, he just re­as­sures me that I’m his guy. There’s noth­ing like hav­ing a man­ager that has that much con­fi­dence in you.”

His more than 1,900 games in the mi­nors might make Rose the ul­ti­mate hit­ting coach at this level.

Stop in on a Wi­chita bat­ting prac­tice and you’ll find Rose giv­ing one-on-one swing tips, even to pitch­ers. “If you’re go­ing through a rut, he def­i­nitely re­lates to it,” Var­gas said. “He’s been through it all.”

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