MLB legend Pete Rose thinks Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are soft. Does he have a point?
Stanton and Judge are frequently on the injured list for the Yankees, adding to their long list of struggles the past few seasons at getting over that World Series hump. Rose — otherwise known as Charlie Hustle — wasn’t about missing baseball games.
Of course, Rose’s career ended in shambles, with the then-Reds manager getting banned from baseball for illegally betting on the sport. He’s since all but dropped his Hall of Fame debate, instead swerving into the skid and accepting his status as a gambling icon.
Rose isn’t afraid to make his opinion known.
Pete Rose took a shot at Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge
“Judge and Stanton, the only problem with those two guys,” Rose said. “They’re really good players, but they’re always hurt. Players today won’t play if they’ve got a strained calf. When I played, you never wanted to miss games. I went to Philadelphia in 1979 for a five-year contract and I was 39 years old. My first four years in Philadelphia, I did not miss a game. You’re talking about a guy 40, 41 and 42.”
Rose then went on to attack their contracts, stating that he’s not surprised the likes of Stanton and others don’t mind taking a game off when they’ve got eight years left on their deals, all with guaranteed money. He also stated George Steinbrenner is a big reason for the Yankees current predicament, but not for the reasons you think.
“They still spend a lot of money,” he said. “George was a very vocal owner. There should be more owners like him. If you have more owners like George Steinbrenner, you’re not going to have players that are going to loaf. You’re not going to have players that are late.”
Now that’s a classic oversimplification, but the Yankees haven’t exactly been the same championship contender since Steinbrenner’s death in 2010. The Yankees Rose grew up with are a relic of the past, and he knows it.