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Phillies cancel Pete Rose Wall of Fame ceremony amid statutory rape allegations

Phillies cancel Pete Rose Wall of Fame ceremony amid statutory rape allegations

Just a week before the scheduled ceremony, the Phillies are canceling Pete Rose’s induction into the team's Wall of Fame.

The decision comes after a woman claimed to have a sexual relationship with Rose when she was 14 or 15 years old, according to her sworn testimony submitted to a court Monday.

Rose claims the relationship began when the woman was 16 years old, the age of consent in Ohio, where the relationship took place.

In a statement Wednesday, Rose agreed with the Phillies' decision to not include him in the Alumni Weekend's events.

"While I am truly honored that the Phillies fans voted for me to be this year's Wall of Fame inductee, I am concerned that other matters will overshadow the goodwill associated with Alumni Weekend, and I agree with the decision not to participate," Rose said.

To replace Rose's induction, the Phillies will pay tribute to former Wall of Fame inductees Saturday, August 12. 

The testimony comes as part of a lawsuit Rose filed in 2016, claiming a lawyer defamed him during a 2015 radio segment, when he alleged that Rose had raped teen girls during spring training in the 1970s. 

Jim Dowd — who originally investigated Rose for gambling on baseball in 1989 — said on air that Rose's associate, Michael Bertolini, told investigators he "ran young girls" to Rose during spring training, which Dowd called "statutory rape every time," according to Rose's lawsuit. 

As part of the 1989 investigation, Rose accepted a lifetime ban from MLB, barring the league's hits king from the Hall of Fame.

The Phillies will also not distribute Pete Rose bobbleheads, as originally planned on Friday, August 11. Fans with tickets to the Alumni Weekend games can also exchange their tickets for a remaining 2017 game or have their tickets refunded.

Another sign that Joe Girardi will be hired to manage somewhere soon

Another sign that Joe Girardi will be hired to manage somewhere soon

In another sign that he's likely to return to managing in the majors in 2020, Joe Girardi stepped down as the manager of USA Baseball, the organization announced Wednesday.

Girardi, who is believed to have met with Phillies officials Monday, is a strong candidate for multiple open manager jobs. The Phillies are interested, and the Cubs and Mets appear to be hot after him as well.

Girardi is the overwhelming fan choice to manage the Phillies. It's hard not to see the appeal of his combination of experience, blend of new school and old school and track record of winning. Phillies fans seem to prefer Girardi to Buck Showalter, whose teams haven't advanced as far in the postseason.

Girardi has played things differently this year than last. He had two interviews for the Reds job last fall but pulled himself out of the process, saying it wasn't the right time.

Now, he wants to manage. And the openings this time around are more appealing — three major market clubs in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. The Mets do not spend to their market size but the Phillies and Cubs have done so in win-now periods.

It is much more likely that the Phillies would be forced into a bidding war for Girardi than for Showalter because of the number of interested teams.



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Joe Maddon hired by Angels, officially off the board for Phillies manager opening

Joe Maddon hired by Angels, officially off the board for Phillies manager opening

The first of the eight manager jobs open across Major League Baseball to begin this offseason has been filled.

The Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday announced the hiring of Joe Maddon. Maddon's contract is reportedly for three years. A native of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Maddon has a long history in the Angels organization. Between 1975 and 2006, Maddon played and managed in the team's minor-league system, served as a coach with the Major League club and assumed the role of interim manager.

Maddon has a 1,251-1,068 record as a manager in the major leagues. He led the Tampa Bay Rays to an American League pennant in 2008 and skippered the Chicago Cubs to a World Series in 2016, their first championship since 1908. Maddon will take over an Angels team that finished 72-90 in 2019, led by two-time MVP Mike Trout.

Though Maddon might have appeared to be an attractive name for the Phillies job, Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker are the only candidates known for the position at the moment, according to Jim Salisbury. Baker is meeting with Phillies officials Wednesday, and a hire could come quickly, per Salisbury (see story).

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports Showalter was the runner-up for the Angles job.



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