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Friday, August 20, 2010
MLB gives Charlie Hustle one-day furlough

Hey, better late than never. John Fay:
This is a good thing, if only because it finally (sort of) balances Selig's previous decision to allow Rose to appear during Major League Baseball's All-Century Team celebration, but not during any Cincinnati-specific events.

This is an ironic thing, considering the reason for delaying Rose's appearance until the 12th.

And this is a historical thing, because Rose did not break Ty Cobb's record on the 11th of September. According to the most reliable information we have now, Cobb collected 4,189 hits in his career, not the 4,191 with which he was credited in 1985. Which means Rose actually passed Cobb not on the 11th, with his single against San Diego's Eric Show, but rather three days earlier at Wrigley Field with a first-inning single against Reggie Patterson.

The Cubs host the Astros on the 8th next month. Do you think the Reds would be willing to move their big celebration to the North Side of Chicago?