Rose takes patient approach with players who make mistakes
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.”