5 Baseball Players Sent Back to the Minors


Pete Rose, Jr.

You don't have to know anything about baseball to know about Pete Rose. Also known as Charlie Hustle, the all-time leader in numerous records like hits, games played and at-bats became infamous when he was banned from Major League Baseball in 1989. Rose was accused of betting on baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds. But this entry on the list isn't about Pete Rose; it's about his son, Pete Rose, Jr., who was also a major league baseball player. Known as PJ, he practically grew up in dugouts. He was a batboy and appeared on a baseball card with his father in 1982 when he was 12, with the caption "Pete and Re-Pete." Seven years later, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and began his professional baseball career with the Erie Orioles, then a class-A short season team.

Rose moved to single-A teams and then to an AA team, the Chattanooga Lookouts (at the time an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds). He had his best season yet there and was called up to the majors in 1997. Rose played in 11 games, but he only hit .143 (getting two hits) and found himself back in the minors with the AAA Indianapolis Indians. After playing with numerous minor league and independent teams for 21 seasons, Rose turned to management. As of 2011, he manages the Bristol White Sox, a rookie-class affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Rose hopes to manage in the majors someday.