I'm reading a review copy of Pete Rose's soon to be released biography.

His HS story is interesting. He got cut from baseball his sophomore year. He was so pissed that he stopped going to school. As a result, he fluked sophomore year and had to repeat it. Upon returning, he made the baseball team. But, he couldn't play baseball in his senior year because he used up his 4 years of eligibility. So, no spring baseball for Pete as a senior. After school, he went to play in a summer league and destroyed their pitching. It was there that he got noticed and signed with the Reds.

Granted, this was a long time ago. But, could something remotely close to this happen today? 

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Rose’s late teen years was towards the end of an era where scouts were signing players to next to nothing contracts off the sandlots like a sale at a one cent candy store. The minors went all the way down to the D level. 

Today very little goes undetected. With Rose’s talent and grit today he would be asked to play for one of the top Ohio travel teams.

Rose not being a good athlete is a myth right up there with Jordan was cut from high school basketball. Rose became one of the greatest hitters of all time. He was all state in Ohio high school football. When Rose said he wasn’t a great athlete it was relative to the most athletic players in MLB baseball.

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