Pete Rose explains why Dallas Green's managerial style worked and still would today

Pete Rose explains why Dallas Green's managerial style worked and still would today

The stories have poured in since Dallas Green passed away Wednesday at 82, from the Phillies players he coached, the front office friends he made, the reporters he left a lasting impression on.

Pete Rose, who joined the Phillies in 1979, the same season Green took over for Danny Ozark late in the season, offered some thoughts of his own Thursday on 97.5 The Fanatic.

Green's managerial style
"I don't believe in pitchers becoming managers, I just don't," Rose told Rob Ellis and Harry Mayes.

"There haven't been many successful managers who were pitchers. But Dallas was a little different because Dallas understood all phases of the game of baseball. Most pitchers can throw a baseball and that's about it. But Dallas understood the hitting, the defense, and he certainly understood the bullpen.

"There's two guys that were really important in that (1980) World Championship besides Mike Schmidt and the rest of us and they were Dallas and Tug McGraw, and now they're both gone. They were two good horses to really ride and we rode the hell out of 'em."

Could Green's style work in today's game?
"Absolutely," Rose said.

"You have to know who to yell at and when to yell at them. One thing Dallas always had that I think is needed for any manager is support of the ownership. If you've got support of the ownership, it doesn't matter if a guy's making $25 million and you're making $1 million. What you say goes.

"Dallas had support of the ownership, plus another thing Dallas had is support of Schmidt. He had support of Steve Carlton. When you've got your star players in your corner, the rest of the guys are going to follow suit.

"If Schmidt or Steve didn't like Dallas, his job would have been a lot harder. But they had respect for Dallas because of the person he was and what he accomplished. I think Dallas could manage today. There's guys today that yell, that run the show."

A coincidental bit of trivia
"Dallas could chew you out but he chewed you out the right way," Rose said. "He didn't chew you out where you'd get pissed and didn't show up to the game. He chewed you out in a way where you got pissed but you wanted to show it. That's a big key right there, a big trait to have. Gene Mauch was kind of a disciplinarian and he played for Mauch.

"And I guess I can tell you that I hit one grand slam in my life and it was off Dallas Green (July 18, 1964).

"I used to joke with Dallas, 'Man, that ball would've been out of Yellowstone I hit it so good.' And he'd say, 'That ball barely scraped the fence, there's paint on the fence.'"

Rose on Mike Schmidt
"When I got there to Philadelphia, I thought Mike Schmidt was the best player in the league three or four days a week. When I got there -- and I didn't do anything I didn't do in Cincinnati or in high school -- Mike Schmidt became the best player in the league seven days a week. Because I made Mike understand you're not going to hit a home run every day. You can lead with your glove, you can lead with your base running. You can lead with your leadership.

"That's what Mike Schmidt did. He became back-to-back MVP and the best third baseman in the history of baseball."

Mets promote Tim Tebow to high Class A St. Lucie

Mets promote Tim Tebow to high Class A St. Lucie

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tim Tebow is moving up and heading south -- to some very familiar territory.

Tebow has been promoted to the New York Mets' high Class A affiliate in St. Lucie, Florida. The 29-year-old Tebow led the University of Florida to two national championships in football and won the 2007 Heisman Trophy during his stellar career with the Gators.

"I'm not sure how much of an additional challenge it will be," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday in San Francisco. "Clearly it's a step up. I certainly think he can handle it."

Tebow began his first pro baseball season with Class A Columbia, drawing huge crowds at home and wherever the Fireflies went in the South Atlantic League. He entered his final Fireflies game batting .222 with three home runs and 23 RBIs.

"I wouldn't say he has excelled there, but at the same time, what he's done there -- given all the circumstances -- justified the promotion to Port St. Lucie," Alderson said.

Phillies play wait-and-see game with Jerad Eickhoff and Howie Kendrick

Phillies play wait-and-see game with Jerad Eickhoff and Howie Kendrick

PHOENIX -- Jerad Eickhoff and Howie Kendrick both tested their achy body parts on Sunday.

Eickhoff, on the disabled list with an upper back strain, threw two 15-pitch "innings" in the bullpen and was pleased with the results.

"It felt good, no sense of pulling," he said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Eickhoff's turn in the rotation will come up Wednesday in Seattle. If he can't make the start, Mark Leiter Jr. will. Leiter pitched six shutout innings in his first big-league start on Friday night.

As for Kendrick, who is battling left hamstring tightness, he was not in the starting lineup for a fourth straight game on Sunday. He did run some sprints under the watchful eye of head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan before the game.

"He still feels it, but he's available to pinch-hit," manager Pete Mackanin said.

Is this getting close to being a situation that would require a trip to the disabled list?

"Hopefully not," Mackanin said. "Hopefully he's better tomorrow. If not, I'm hoping he can at least DH in Seattle (on Tuesday). He's one of our best hitters and I want to get him in there. But I've got to be cautious."

Kendrick already spent six weeks on the disabled list with an abdominal injury earlier this season. He's played well when healthy, hitting .355 (43 for 121) with a .414 on-base percentage in 31 games.

The Phillies need to be certain that Kendrick is healthy when they turn him loose because he could hold some trade value in the month of July and a full-blown injury would hurt that.