If there's anything we've learned recently, it's that baseball benchmarks are subject to interpretation.
Barry Bonds has the all-time home-run record . . . but Henry Aaron is the true home-run king because of strong evidence that Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs. The single-season standard belongs to Roger Maris -- who technically ranks seventh -- for the same reason.
This week, we're talking about hits. Pete Rose holds the Major League Baseball record with 4,256 -- even as he serves a lifetime ban for betting on the game -- and asserted to USA Today this week that Ichiro Suzuki's hits in Japan should not count in the Hit King tally.
"Hey, if we're counting professional hits, then add on my 427 career hits in the minors," Rose told Bob Nightengale. "I was a professional then, too."
On the occasion this week of Ichiro's 4,000th hit, between Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball, Rose also said: "When you compare yourself to me, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Nap...