“You know, I’m 75,” Rose said. “I’m running out of time. I don’t want to make it once I’m being viewed, you know?”
Also addressed was the mini-controversy that broke out when some in the media recognized Ichiro Suzuki for breaking Rose’s record of 4,256 “professional” hits – including more than 1,000 hits Suzuki had in Japan before making his MLB debut with the Mariners.
If being paid to play was the standard for counting stats, Rose pointed out he would have 4,683 hits when counting his hits in the minor leagues.
“However, Ichiro is a hall of fame player,” Rose said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Ichiro.”