The Phillies will induct the man credited with being the catalyst of the 1980 World Championship team on to their Wall of Fame on August 12th prior to a game against the New York Mets. Rose signed with the Phillies as a free agent in 1979 after spending the early part of his career with the Cincinnati Reds. He spent five seasons with the Phillies, helping win the 1980 World Series and helping to get the 1983 team back to the Fall Classic.
Rose issued the following statement after the announcement was made:
"I am very honored to be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame. My baseball years in Philadelphia were amazing, not just because we won it all in 1980 and came close in 1983, but also because the fans welcomed me from day one. The team's great ownership and talented roster attracted me to Philadelphia as a free agent. I knew we could experience great success."
Rose remains ineligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame after being deemed ineligible in 1989 after admitting that he bet on baseball while he was the manager of the Reds. The ban keeps him from being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and former commissioners also upheld banning him from any official baseball duties, including on-field ceremonies. Commissioner Rob Manfred has taken a more liberal approach to the ban, allowing Rose to be on hand for his induction in the Reds Hall of Fame last Summer, and he'll be on hand at Citizens Bank Park this August.
Rose is probably best known for his time as a member of the Big Red Machine, which won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. Rose made a difference with the Phillies both on the field and in the clubhouse, according to Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa.
"When he came over here, he told everybody that when teams came in to play us that we were an intimidating team and a lot of people on our team didn't believe that. But he just kept saying it and saying it until we believed it," remembers Bowa.
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