Here's what Pete Rose's statue outside Great American Ball Park will look like

This past June, all-time MLB hit king Pete Rose was officially inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony at Great American Ball Park. His No. 14 was retired as well.

Next season, the Reds will further honor Rose with a statue at the ballpark. Here's a model of the statue, which features Charlie Hustle in his signature pose: sliding head first into a base:

Artist Tom Tsuchiya, who is the official sculptor of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, came up with the design. He told Carol Motsinger of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he chose this design because it is emblematic of Rose's energy.

Here's more from Motsinger:

(Tsuchiya has) partnered with some engineers with GE Aviation to ensure Rose never stops flying.

With his back legs raised high in the air, Tsuchiya captures the very moment his front arms hit the dirt. It's a magic trick as much as it is art. Well, a magic trick using science and math instead of smoke and mirrors.

They designed a stainless steel skeleton to place inside of the statue to keep it safely hovering.

The Rose statue will be unveiled on Jun 17. Fellow Big Red Machine teammates Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, and Johnny Bench also have statues at Great American Ball Park. Joe Nuxhall, Ernie Lombardi, and Frank Robinson have statues at the ballpark as well.

Rose, now 75, remains banned from baseball, though MLB has allowed the Reds to honor him and include him in various ceremonies over the years.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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