Pete Rose on Bryce Harper: 'Bryce plays recklessly'

icon
Monday July 29th, 2013

Pete Rose said Bryce Harper plays too recklessly. (Peter Kramer/NBC) Pete Rose said Bryce Harper plays too recklessly. (Peter Kramer/NBC)

Pete Rose, Major League Baseball's all-time hit leader and one of baseball's grittiest players, opened up about Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and his style of play. Rose, nicknamed "Charlie Hustle" for his own aggressive play on the field, said Harper needs to know the difference between playing hard and playing recklessly.

In an interview with MLB Network Radio, Rose said Harper's transition from catcher to the outfield has hindered Harper's distinction between playing hard and playing recklessly. Rose said he would tell Nationals manager Davey Johnson to play Harper as deep as possible until he learns all the caroms and quirks of every stadium to avoid running into walls like Harper did in Dodgers Stadium, which forced him to miss more than a month.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.