Blog Entry

X-rays negative for more Rose bats

Posted on: June 19, 2010 1:04 pm
 
Pete Rose Prompted by a report on Deadspin.com last week, two Cincinnati baseball collectors had their Pete Rose bats X-rayed to see if they were corked. The results to Bob Crotty's Mizuno PR4192 and Mark Fugate's Mizuno ATHL showed nothing but wood in the bats.

Crotty, who owns Green Diamond Gallery in Cincinnati, said it was common knowledge in collecting circles that there were some corked Rose bats out there, especially in the model PR4192, which Rose used for hits No. 4,000-4,192. Crotty's particular bat shows significant use and is on display at his private gallery alongside a bat used by Ty Cobb. After Deadspin's story, Crotty decided to have his bat X-rayed.

"I simply wanted to," Crotty wrote in an e-mail with CBSSports.com, "to add to the story and offer more evidence or examples, regardless of X-ray results."

Rose himself visited Green Diamond Gallery within hours of the X-ray results, Crotty said and told him he never used corked bats, "wearing a Reds uniform, anyway."

Fugate's ATHL model was used following hit No. 4,192.

The X-rays were taken at Evendale Surgery Center in Cincinnati.

Crotty estimates Rose used 30 different model PR4192 bats and is in negotiations to buy another PR4192.

"In the end, add this evidence to previous evidence and it all adds up to the Pete brand as we have all come too familiar with -- drama and controversy along with 'did he or didn't he' continue to be a major part of the Pete Rose brand," Crotty wrote.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter.

Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 1:48 pm
 

X-rays negative for more Rose bats

Great post!!  I'd hire you in a second, my friend!  Well said!



Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2010 1:24 pm
 

X-rays negative for more Rose bats

Pete would e one of the last I would think of cheating. That being said...Why don't you start checking Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, and everyone else in between like Albert Belle. We have the technology to do so. I am laid off and have nothing but, time on my hands. Hire me. Count me in. I will do whatever it takes.
Bob Crotty, a great idea. Pete bet on baseball AFTER his playing days. He should have been inducted the SECOND that he retired. The ALL TIME hits leader should NOT have had to wait to get in. Of course, we all know what happened DURING his managerial years.

Find the people who have Sammy Sosa bats whether it was a signed gift, a broken bat, or one that got away from his grip and launched in the stands. All this will do is open up a can of worms. Which makes the world go round these days.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com