The Reds announced in a press release earlier this week that the club will unveil a Pete Rose statue at Great American Ball Park on June 17 next year. Rose will be the fourth player with a statue at GABP, joining Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez.
Reds COO Phil Castellini said, “The statue of Pete Rose will be the finishing touch on the celebration of Pete here at Great American Ball Park. We had the honor of inducting him into the Reds Hall of Fame and retiring his number in 2016, and I know Pete is looking forward to his statue joining his Big Red Machine teammates on Crosley Terrace.”
Rose, 75, is baseball’s all-time leader in hits with 4,256. He helped the Reds win the World Series in 1975 and ’76, overall helping them reach the postseason five times in a span of seven years between 1970-76.
Rose has been working as an analyst for FOX for the past two years.
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 Phoenix reports that the Diamondbacks have officially hired Torey Lovullo as the club’s new manager. Lovullo had been considered the favorite for the job since Mike Hazen left the Red Sox to join the Diamondbacks as GM.
Lovullo, 51, had served as bench coach for the Red Sox since 2013. He interviewed previously for manager positions with the Rangers and Twins going into the 2015 season but Jeff Banister and Paul Molitor were hired, respectively.
Nick Piecoro of azcentral.com reports that the Diamondbacks will likely lose Triple-A manager Phil Nevin, who was in the running for the job. Nevin is expected to join the Giants as a coach.
The Indians plan to have Terry Francona manage the ballclub after picking up his options for the 2019 and ’20 seasons, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Francona, 57, managed the Indians to the World Series, where they lost in seven games to the Cubs. It was the organization’s first appearance in the World Series since 1997 and if they had won, it would have been their first championship since 1948. The Indians weren’t under any pressure to make a decision on Francona’s options, but it was their way of rewarding him for one the best seasons the Indians have ever had.
In four years at the helm, Francona has led the Tribe to a 352-294 (.545) regular season record.
Per Hoynes, the Indians also picked up the 2017 option on 1B/DH Carlos Santana worth $12 million.