Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/14/13

24 Oct 1999: Pete Rose of the All Century Team is interviewed by the press before the World Series game two between the New York Yankees the Atlanta Braves at the Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. The Yankees defeated the Braves 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw /Allsport
Forget the Hall of Fame. If a player disappears from the back of baseball cards, does he still exist? A little investigating by chicagosidesports.com, followed by some further poking by Yahoo!’s Big League Stew, seems to show that one baseball card company may be trying to give Major League Baseball a hand in forgetting Pete Rose. Rose, who holds many MLB records but has been shunned by the league due to a lifetime ban from the game, fails to get a mention on some recent baseball cards made by Topps. This year, Topps lists all the usual information on the back of its cards — stats, age, career history — and also has a line called “career chase,” where it notes how close players are to certain milestones. On most cards, that information is listed in relation to whoever’s record the person is chasing. For example, Rob Harris of chicagosidesports.com writes, Bobby Parnell is listed as having pitched 249 games, which puts him 1,003 away from Jesse Orosco‘s record of 1,252. But when it comes to records that Rose “holds” — a disputed notion considering he has those records but won’t be recognized by the Hall of Fame after being banned from MLB for gambling issues in 1989 — the record is listed, but Rose’s name is not. It’s a curious double take, considering Rose’s stats are considered the record, but he is not deemed the record-holder. Harris shows A.J. Pierzynski‘s card, which in the “career chase” section simply says, “With 1,645 hits, Pierzynski is 2,611 away from the all-time record of 4,256.” What complicates the matter with this subtle omission, which took some sharp eyes to pick up but was blatant once recognized, is that it hasn’t always been this way. Twitter user @nightowlcards found three examples of similar Rose-related cards — two of which had Rose’s name mentioned, as if he really did exist, and another that conveniently omitted all his benchmarks with the Reds. Rose fails to make it on this 2010 card. More clever way for Topps to avoid mentioning Rose, from 2010. No listing of H, R, 2B, BB, AB -- Rose #1 in all. http://t.co/MtxI0yRy— NightOwlCards (@nightowlcards) February 13, 2013 But he does have the record — and a nice cartoon — in 2006. Pete Rose mentioned on the back of a baseball card: 2006 Topps http://t.co/kzvXd4Ci— NightOwlCards (@nightowlcards) February 13, 2013 And then there’s 1995, when he was acknowledged in a quote. This may be me not knowing terms or length of licensing deal, but Pete Rose mentioned on back of card. '95 Topps. http://t.co/UAp4x46O— NightOwlCards (@nightowlcards) February 13, 2013 Harris asked Topps spokesman Clay Luraschi what was up. He said Luraschi “called the omission of Rose ‘a simple decision’ but declined to elaborate. When pressed, he repeated that it was ‘plain and simple’ that Rose’s name should not appear on cards.” Keeping players from baseball card glory is one thing. Singling out Rose is another. If players are going to start being knocked from baseball cards for offenses, more egregious behavior can certainly be found, such as off-field conduct or performance-enhancing drug use. But that’s always been what’s messed up about Rose’s place in the game. Sure, he sullied the sport with his gambling connections, but the relative harm he did compared to his incredible career and many achievements has always irked fans who think he got a raw deal by being banned. Now, it appears he’s getting another petty slap on the wrist, with his records standing but his name further erased. And just when you thought your baseball card collection was safe from Big Brother. Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@nightowlcards Photo of the Day This happened on Tuesday night, but they still haven’t found the rest of Steve Blake‘s body. Quote of the Day “Between [Paul] Pierce, [Kevin] Garnett and Doc [Rivers], there’s nothing they haven’t seen.” – Tom Thibodeau, who knows his old team well Tweet of the Day Joke’s on you, UNC fans! The Blue Devil put his head on and went back into the game, and Duke won! according to the students here at #unc, there's a big game tonight. i love working on a #collegecampus :-) #beatdook http://t.co/irmx0dLk— Nestor León, Jr. (@NesJr19) February 13, 2013 Video of the Day King Felix thanks his subjects. document.getElementById('wpcom-iframe-form-91a514abb1349443dd3f0eb677a63a3d').submit();
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Howard says he played through torn MCL, meniscus in playoffs

Bills offensive progress stalled by injuries

Bruins’ Zac Rinaldo: Raffi Torres’ suspension 'really opened my eyes’

Cowboys’ Sean Lee cleared to play vs. Patriots after concussion battle

NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

Tennessee desperate for big win over #19 Georgia


UCLA punter Adam Searl arrested on suspicion of rape

Sepp Blatter appeals FIFA suspension

Gostkowski is best kicker in NFL, according to peers

DeMarco Murray: Running more plays will mean more chances

Harrison Barnes unreasonably unhappy with Warriors offer

Jerry Jones defends Greg Hardy over controversial comments

Weeden bashes Twitter: ‘I don’t need a 12-year-old telling me how to play’

Fan at Texas A&M game was so drunk, he reportedly told police he was at Baylor vs. Texas Tech

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Mallett’s dad: Criticism of QB makes his grandmothers cry

LSU has sold a disappointing amount of tickets for South Carolina game

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of the college football season

Dalton motivated by getting booed at celebrity softball game

Which undefeated college team has best résumé?

WATCH: Derek Holland wipes backside with Blue Jays towel

Is 'Hockey Tough' leading to a much bigger problem?

White Sox bar giving out 'free' beer for every Cardinals homer

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

Explaining the silence on Thabo Sefolosha’s police brutality trial

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of CFB

Joe Maddon's defensive calculus

Sepp Blatter appeals FIFA suspension

Looking at four NHL goaltenders who debuted for new teams

Get to know the four NL playoff teams

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker