- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Pete Rose may be thinking about Derek Jeter, but Derek Jeter certainly isn't thinking about Pete Rose.
Rose said recently he didn't think Jeter would reach or surpass his all-time hits mark of 4,256 knocks.
Jeter was asked about Rose's comments before the Yankees' Game 3 matchup against Baltimore. In typical Jeter fashion, the Yankees captain deflected the question, saying it wasn't something he was focused on with the Yankees locked in a 1-1 series tie with the Orioles.
"Guys, I don't even know why we're talking about this," Jeter said. "I'm not talking about Pete Rose man, we're trying to win a game here."
When a reporter mentioned the possibility of a position switch to prolong his chance to reach Rose's mark, Jeter said, "Buddy, like I said, I'm trying to get through today."
Rose, who was banned from baseball for gambling on the game when he was manager of the Cincinnati Reds, retired in 1986 at age 45 with 4,256 hits. Rose broke Ty Cobb's record the year before he retired.
Rose told the website Sports On Earth recently he didn't think Jeter, who is 38 years old and 952 hits shy of his record, would touch his all-time mark.
"I don't think he will break the record," Rose said. "First of all, I don't think he wants to leave the Yankees. And the Yankees, they're about winning. Jeter had a great year this year, but he's what? Thirty-eight years old? And he's a shortstop? How many 40-year-old shortstops you see walking around? Not too many, right?"
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Pete Rose may be thinking about Derek Jeter, but Derek Jeter certainly isn't thinking about Pete Rose. Rose said recently he didn't think Jeter would reach or surpass his all-time hits mark of 4,256 knocks.