The Reds formally retired Pete Rose’s No. 14 on Sunday, capping a big weekend for baseball’s hits king that was a success for the franchise in every way except on the field.
Big crowds filled Great American Ball Park for the three days of celebration, which had to be approved by Major League Baseball because of Rose’s lifetime ban for betting on his team. The last-place Reds have played in front of small crowds for much of the season.
They stretched the celebration into an entire weekend, honoring their 1976 World Series championship team on Friday night and adding him to their hall of fame on Saturday. They saved the number retirement for the final day of the series against San Diego.
“It solidifies what I’ve been saying for many, many, many years and will continue to say it: Cincinnati is the baseball capital of the world,” Rose told the crowd, speaking from a stage by second base.
On Sunday, the Reds added Rose’s No. 14 to their display of retired numbers behind home plate. Rose’s number is the 10th retired by baseball’s first professional team, along with Jackie Robinson’s No. 42, which is honored by Major League Baseball.
Rose was the 20th Reds player to wear No. 14, getting it as a rookie in 1963. Curt Flood wore it in 1957, and Don Zimmer had it before Rose in 1962.
The only other Reds player to get No. 14 was Rose’s son, Pete Jr., who was called up in 1997 to spark fan interest at the end of an 86-loss season.
The team had unofficially retired his number when he was banned from baseball in 1989. Lou Piniella, who succeeded him as manager, wore No. 14 with the Yankees but took 41 in Cincinnati.
Undefeated but injured
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back strain.
The move is retroactive to June 16.
Strasburg was scratched from his start on Sunday against the Brewers in Milwaukee after experiencing pain in his back while throwing before Saturday’s game. He was replaced by Tanner Roark.
The team said a corresponding roster move wouldn’t be made until Monday, when the Nationals open a three-game series at home against the Mets.
Strasburg is 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA this season.
Toronto loses reliever
The Toronto Blue Jays placed right-handed reliever Gavin Floyd on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tightness and recalled righty Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo.
Floyd left after facing two batters in the sixth inning of Toronto’s 10-8 win over the White Sox on Saturday and was scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday.
Floyd is 2-4 with a 4.06 ERA in 28 games.
Schultz was 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 14 relief appearances in Buffalo. He appeared in 31 games with the Blue Jays in 2015, going 0-1 with a 3.56 ERA.