Pete Rose erased from baseball card history? It seems that Topps has erased Rose's name on its 2013 baseball cards. According to a report from Wednesday (Feb. 13), the new cards for players denote which records each player is chasing and which baseball great holds that record. If someone is chasing the home run record, it lists Barry Bonds and his 762 career home runs. If a player is chasing the hits record, though, there is no name attached to it.
The report uses Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro as an example. He needs 3,727 hits to break the all-time record, but there is no name listed on the back of his card for that record holder. Any baseball fan worth their salt knows that it is Rose who holds that baseball record with an amazing 4,256 hits over his extended career. The problem is that he bet on baseball and got banned by a former commissioner, basically keeping him from even making the Baseball Hall of Fame.
So did Pete Rose get erased by Topps in an effort to protect the history of the game? Other players embroiled in scandal like Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire still get mentioned, so it's unclear why the company decided to take this stance. There has been no official word from Topps just yet, but with the buzz that this omission has created, the company may have to eventually release a statement.
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