Pete Rose knows he’ll be on the field at Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. EDT, along with former teammates Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, and a player he managed, Barry Larkin, to be part of a baseball-sponsored promotion that allowed fans to pick the proverbial “Mt. Rushmore” four all-time players of a franchise’s history.
Rose also knows he’ll be at a Fox Sports 1 studio set somewhere in Great American Ballpark at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, and again on Tuesday, fulfilling an obligation to do pre-game analysis for the network.
In the last few months, Rose has been racing his Bentley down the I-5 from his fiance’s home in Santa Clarita to get onto the FS1 set at the Pico Lot to discuss the game on shows such as “MLB WhipAround.” In the process, he is likely rehabilitating his image.
Even as ESPN “Outside The Lines” report recently implicated him again for betting on baseball while he was a player, Rose has gone about his business. In an “exclusive” interview last week with Chris Myers, Rose would only say that he’ll hold off commenting until he meets soon with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who now holds the key to Rose’s reinstatement from a “lifetime” suspension and Baseball Hall of Fame induction eligibility.
As Rose, the consummate switch hitter, talked with reporters Thursday morning in a Fox-orchestrated press call, we’ll process how this media work lately and what’s happening going forward continues to frame his future in the game.
What we decided was worth laundering now:
== As Rose awaits word on possible Hall installment, Keith Olbermann is being uninstalled again at ESPN.
This time, it appears to be ESPN’s call.
We defer to SI.com’s Richard Deitsch to look further into the whys and why nots since our interest is waning.
As for Olbermann, he had this slant on the confusing Rose-All Star Game appearance Tuesday in Cincinnati:
== And if you want a jump on the topic for today’s ESPN “Outside The Lines,” here’s a hint:
Today’s OTL question: What are your thoughts on Pete Rose being recognized by MLB at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati next week? #PeteRose
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) July 10, 2015
== Still, if it is a money issue with Olbermann, how much did ESPN lose by having 3.2 million less viewers now than a year ago? The Wall Street Journal started adding it up, and the Big Lead started pushing the numbers.
== Meanwhile, why Olbermann’s good friend and former L.A.-based sports talker Tony Bruno, a Friday “Olbermann” regular, is quitting his WIP show and moving on as well. He says his radio career in Philadelphia is over.
== As we surmised when writing about this in last week’s media notes, Vin Scully came as the No. 1 “Best On-Air LARP of 2015″ on Don Barrett’s soon-to-fade-away LARadio.com.
In today’s posting, Barrett listed some of the responses that voters contributed about Scully:
= “With all the expectation for the Dodgers this year and not being able to watch the game on tv, Vin Scully truly brings Dodgers baseball to life!”
= “If anyone in broadcasting needs an explanation why he’s #1, you’re in the wrong profession.”
= “The only person who can make the first three innings more interesting than the last three.”
= “Still the standard for excellence, not just in play-by-play but in broadcasting and life, period.”
= “He is the voice of Los Angeles radio, an icon who gives you goose bumps with five little words: ‘It’s time for Dodger baseball.’ ”
We could go on and on ….