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Miami Marlins special assistant, “Big Red Machine” teammate Tony Perez backs Pete Rose’s bid for Hall of Fame

The Big Red Machine was the nickname given to the Cincinnati Reds baseball team that dominated the National League from 1972 to 1976. Pictured, from left: Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, Sparky Anderson, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose.
The Big Red Machine was the nickname given to the Cincinnati Reds baseball team that dominated the National League from 1972 to 1976. Pictured, from left: Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, Sparky Anderson, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose. NICOLAS VILLAGELLIU

Pete Rose has at least one ally in his crusade to get back in baseball: Tony Perez, his Hall of Fame teammate on the “Big Red Machine” teams of the 1970s.

“I think it’s time,” said Perez, who now serves as a Marlins special assistant. “I always said he should be in the Hall of Fame, and I think the only way for him to get back in the Hall of Fame is for them to let him back in.”

Rose, who received a lifetime ban in 1989 from Major League Baseball for gambling, has petitioned new commissioner Rob Manfred for re-instatement.

“I think he’s already [paid his dues],” Perez said. “He did wrong. He admitted that. But now I think it’s time for him to get back in the game. It’s time for baseball to give back to Pete Rose.”

COSART STRUGGLES

Jarred Cosart threw his second consecutive poor outing on Sunday, leaving him to wonder what will happen if he doesn’t get back on track soon.

“Obviously, if I’m pitching like this in the season, I’m probably going to Triple A pretty fast,” Cosart said after allowing four runs on six hits and a pair of walks over four innings. “Obviously, I thought [Sunday] was horrible.”

Cosart now has a spring training ERA of 8.48 and has walked more hitters (eight) than he has struck out (seven). He has allowed 18 hits in 112/3 innings over his four starts.

“He had a tough time, much like his last start, getting the ball down in the zone,” manager Mike Redmond said following the Marlins’ 5-3 loss to the Twins. “It looked like he was really feeling for it. I’m always concerned when guys are having trouble getting the ball down in the zone. But I feel like he’s going to be able to make the adjustment.”

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