Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose, who has the most hits in MLB history, has made it clear that he isn’t a fan of players who strike out a lot.
“That was the worst f—ing lineup they could have put on the field,” Rose said, via NESN.com. “Their six, seven, eight, nine hitters were all out-men. They had to have [Aaron] Judge and [Giancarlo] Stanton do something. If they didn’t hit, all of the pressure was on Joey Gallo. You saw how that worked out.”
Rose finished with a .303 batting average and an MLB-record of 4,256 hits, and he never struck out more than 76 times in a single season.
So, the player with the most base hits in league history would have a tough time digesting Gallo’s slash line of .160/.303/.404.
During the 2021 regular season, Gallo had a .160 batting average in 58 games played for the Yankees. He hit 13 homers with 22 RBI but struck out 88 times in 188 at-bats. Gallo went 0-for-4 with one strikeout in the wild-card matchup against the Red Sox.
Rose ripped Gallo for his high strike-out rating and poor batting average.
“How does someone who didn’t play every day strike out 213 times?” Rose asked. “Ray Charles wouldn’t strike out that much. I just can’t imagine striking out 213 times without killing myself.”
The Yankees acquired Gallo midseason because they were in desperate need of a left-handed bat in their lineup. He is expected to return to New York for another season before entering free agency in 2022.