Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's " on Fox" pregame/postgame show.Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016 Cubs-Indians World Series with Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas and Kevin Burkhardt. MORE: A-Rod turning into top analyst for FoxAn example of Rose's candor: When asked if he's still at odds with Ray Fosse for running over the ex-Indians catcher during the 1970 All-Star Game, Rose doesn't seem concerned. "If I didn't run into Ray Fosse, you wouldn't know who the hell Ray Fosse is," he tells reporters on a conference call.He questions why hitters — and golf superstar Tiger Woods — change the swings that brought them fame and fortune in the first place."If my stance, and my swing, are good enough to get me to the big leagues, I’m sure as hell not going to change it because I went 0-20," Rose said in an interview with S

porting News. Baseball's all-time hits leader, who was banned for betting on games while playing for and managing the Reds, may seem a bit like your crazy uncle who's flying by the seat of his pants on TV. But Rose knows the ups and downs of baseball the way Michael Jordan knows basketball or Jack Nicklaus knows golf.This is a guy who compiled the most hits (4,256) and outs (10,328) in the history of the game. He's a three-time World Series champion, three-time batting champion, a former MVP. There's a method to his madness — even when he's memorably photo-bombing on-air colleagues like Burkhardt. His FS1 colleague A-Rod says Charlie Hustle has a near photographic memory. That ability to remember pitchers, pitches and game situations was a huge help to Rose the player in the days before video-taped scouting and film work.MORE: Joe Altuve named SN Player of the YearThe polarizing Rose is not everybody's cup of tea on TV. He swung and missed the other night when he predicted Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs would struggle in his return from injury. Fans let him have it on Twitter.But beside the gambling ban, Rose is as knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the game of baseball than anybody on TV. Excerpts of his interview with Sporting News:SPORTING NEWS: You, A-Rod, Thomas and Burkhardt have drawn critical raves for your postseason analysis the last two years. Did you ever see yourself becoming the toast of sports TV?ROSE: I was always a student of the game. I thought I played fundamentally sound. And I knew I had experience in interviewing people when I did radio for nine years down in Boca (Raton) when I lived there. Then, when they tie you into Kevin Burkhardt and Frank Thomas and A-Rod and last year Max Scherzer and Raul Ibanez, those are great guys to work with. It’s a bunch of guys having fun. We chew the fat about what we just watched. Tonight we’ll go do the pregame show. Then we’ll get to go back and talk about what we just watched. When we played I had pretty good recall. I have pretty good recall now as far as the important plays of the game. Or the plays that turned the game around. What’s important to me is just being involved in the game. I think it's important for me to listen to the other guys when they talk. Whether I disagree with it. Or agree with it. In the world of show business, it's OK to disagree. We have some fun with the epic @PeteRose_14 photobomb of @CJNitkowski, including some new creations! #ALCSonFS1 https://t.co/9sck9QOfQ2— FS1 (@FS1) October 24, 2015SN: It was fascinating to watch you give A-Rod and Thomas an on-air clinic on how to break out of a batting slump. Why do you think that video has gone viral?ROSE: That was interesting. I was trying to explain to them one of six things I would do when I was in a lull. If you heard me correctly, I said you never admit you’re in a slump. Don’t ever let a pitcher hear you say, “I'm in a slump.” I would say, “I’m in a lull,” where I just wasn’t getting any hits for that period of time. I’ve seen a lot of players, even guys who win batting championships, they go for 0-20 and they want to change their swing. It's the swing that got you to the big leagues. Why the hell do you want to change it? Because you went 0-20? I went 0-20 too one time. I guarantee you I should have had 12 hits. I was hitting the shit out of the ball. But they were just at people. Why would you get on (Anthony) Rizzo when he was 1 for 22 or whatever in the second round of the playoffs. He faced (Madison) Bumgarner. He faced (Johnny) Cueto. He faced (Matt) Moore, who pitched a great game. Then he faced (Clayton) Kershaw. I mean those are top-flight pitchers. It’s not that hard to go 1-22. You don't change your stance. You change your positioning of where you are in the box. That’s what you try to do. When you tell your kids, baseball is the toughest sport, ask why? Because I don’t care who you are, or if you go to the Hall of Fame, you’re going to make 7 out of 10 outs. What other sport can you fail 7 out of 10 times? You’re talking right now to the Hit King — and I made 10,000 outs. 10,000? That’s a lot of damn outs, isn’t it? (For more on how Fox smartly turned the off-the-air moment into a viral Facebook video, check out this story by Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated). MORE: Schwarber's impact is real, but can he play the OF?SN: Why would somebody as good as Tiger change their golf swing?ROSE: If it won me 14 majors, I don’t think I'd change it. And I never changed my stance when I was a baseball player once I made the big leagues. If my stance, and my swing, are good enough to get me to the big leagues, I’m sure as hell not going to change it because I went 0-20. Or because I hit .270 one year. There’s too many other circumstances involved in whether you hit .300 or .270 or .280. It's usually a situation where you had a lot of bad luck. Unless your strikeouts are up by 100 percent. But if you strike out about the same, and you walk about the same, and you hit the ball hard, it’s just a matter of running into some bad luck.SN: Do you think the great job you've done teaching the game of baseball to national TV viewers will change some minds about your banishment at the front office?ROSE: I don't know. I’ve got nothing but respect in the world for the people who run baseball. Baseball is in really great shape with all these great young players. What I do on TV, I’ve been doing the same thing for the last 27 years. Just going around talking to kids, talking to groups, always talking positive about the game, always trying to throw my knowledge on some younger people to try to make them better players. On a daily basis, all I do is try to make the game a better game. I'm not doing anything on TV except the same thing I do 20 days a month when I'm in Las Vegas signing autographs. Just talking positive about the game. If that’s the way you are, that's the way you are.Fox has it right for the post game game shows @PeteRose_14 @TheBigHurt_35 @AROD Baseball and laughs. Remember its a fun game— Craig Lapiner (@CRAIG_LAPINER) October 27, 2016 SN: What changes would you make to the Grand Old Game?ROSE: I don't like it that every time somebody presumably gets hurt, we change a rule. Like (Buster) Posey. I mean he got his foot caught in his other foot. The collision had nothing to do with that as far as from the waist up. Or Chase Utley. He’s the last thing to being a dirty player. The guy who made that mistake was the second baseman making the throw that turned the shortstop around. So now you can't break up the double play. Part of the game that I played was to try to break up the double play. You know who slid hard. You knew who didn’t. If the catcher gives you no place to go, you have to try and knock him over. When I had that collision with Fosse at home plate, that was my advantage because he didn’t have the ball yet. If he had the ball he'd have planted me in the middle of next week. When you’re a catcher you can't be concentrating on catching the ball that’s thrown to you if you're concentrating on the runner. You have to concentrate on one or the other. Ray was reaching out for the ball. I hit him before the ball got there. If you look at the replay, I even started to slide headfirst. He gave me no part of the plate to be safe on so I can't slide. Let me tell you something, We players know if you’re trying to be dirty at second base. We know if you’re trying to hurt a catcher purposefully. Players can police the area their own way, believe me. We don't need rule changes every time something happens on the field. A lot of of these guys today have more armor on than the Humvees in Afghanistan. I asked Bob Gibson one time where would he pitch Barry Bonds? He said up over the top of that contraption he’s got on his elbow. We didn’t have guards on our elbows and guards on our shins. I batted 14,000 times in my career. I never fouled a ball off my shin. I never fouled a ball off my ankle. I don’t know what these guys do. I think they swing at balls that are so far inside, the only place the ball has to go is down on their leg. They’re trying to speed up the game. Well, half the guys that get to first base, it takes them two minutes to take all this stuff off.