How do you take a guy who is the all time leader in hits for Major League Baseball and shake him? Introduce him to Justin Verlander, apparently.
"I’m glad he’s in Detroit and I’m in Cincinnati and I don’t have to face him," answered Rose, who paid a visit to the media center at Indy. "If everybody was like him the batting champion would be hitting .260. He’s got good stuff, boy. It’s the same thing as facing (Juan) Marichal and (Sandy) Koufax and (Don) Drysdale and (Bob) Gibson and (Tom) Seaver … you’re just in the midst of the best pitcher in baseball."
Fortunately for those of us who enjoy home runs and high scoring games, not every pitcher is Verlander quality in the major league right now.