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."

Best of MLB: Pirates spoil Rich Hill's no-hitter with walk-off HR in 10th inning

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Best of MLB: Pirates spoil Rich Hill's no-hitter with walk-off HR in 10th inning

PITTSBURGH -- Dodgers lefty Rich Hill lost his perfect game on an error in the ninth inning, then lost his no-hitter on a leadoff home run in the 10th by Josh Harrison that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates over Los Angeles 1-0 Wednesday night.

Hill became the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1995 to take a no-hit try into extra innings.

The Pirates didn't have a runner until Jordy Mercer led off the ninth with a sharp grounder that third baseman Logan Forsythe misplayed for an error. Hill retired the next three batters.

Hill (9-5) came back out for the 10th and Harrison sent his 99th pitch of the night into the first row of seats in left field, just out of the reach of Los Angeles leftfielder Curtis Granderson. Hill struck out 10 without a walk.

Juan Nicasio (2-5) picked up the win after working the top of the 10th (see full recap).

Orioles regroup after Britton’s save streak ends at 60
BALTIMORE -- Zach Britton's AL-record run of converting 60 straight save attempts ended amid the evening shadows of Camden Yards, when the Orioles closer blew a two-run lead and failed to get out of the ninth inning in a game Baltimore ultimately won in the 12th, 8-7 over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

Baltimore led 7-5 heading into the ninth when Britton entered to seal the victory, just as he had been doing successfully since the final days of the 2015 season. On this occasion, however, the left-hander gave up three straight hits before a sacrifice fly by Matt Joyce tied it.

Following a walk to Khris Davis, Britton was replaced by Miguel Castro (3-1), who quelled the uprising.

Manny Machado led off the 12th with a home run off Simon Castro (1-2) to end a game that lasted 4 hours, 20 minutes.

Britton's streak began on Oct. 1, 2015, extended through all of last season and went for 11 more saves this year. He had not blown a save since Sept. 20, 2015, at Tampa Bay.

Britton finished well short of Eric Gagne's major league mark of 84, set from 2002-04 (see full recap).

Schwarber, Cubs continue surge with win over Reds
CINCINNATI -- Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run homer in the ballpark near his home, Tommy La Stella added a two-run shot while subbing for Kris Bryant, and the Chicago Cubs kept their second-half surge going with a 9-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

The defending World Series champions have won eight of 10. They are 11 games over .500 for the first time this season and have their biggest lead in the NL Central, 3 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee.

Left-hander Mike Montgomery (4-6) allowed four hits in six shutout innings, filling in for Jon Lester in the rotation. Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler homered in the ninth for the Reds (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Marlins 0

Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Marlins 0


A trio of rookies stepped up and led the Phillies to an 8-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

Mark Leiter Jr. spun a gem on the mound, Nick Williams reached base three times and scored three runs and Rhys Hoskins drove in five runs with a homer and a double.

One night earlier, the Marlins pounded out 27 hits and scored 19 runs in sweeping a doubleheader from the Phillies.

The shutout was the Phillies' fourth of the season. Their majors-worst record stands at 46-79.

Starting pitching report
In his fifth big-league start, Leiter pitched seven shutout innings. He held the Marlins hitless for the first five innings. The only hit he gave up was a leadoff double to Miguel Rojas in the sixth. Leiter then got three quick outs. The 26-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out five. All of the strikeouts came in the first two innings.

Marlins lefty Justin Nicolino was tagged for eight hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Bullpen report
Luis Garcia and Hector Neris completed the shutout.

At the plate
The Phillies had 11 hits.

Williams singled with two outs in the first inning and scored on an RBI double by Tommy Joseph. The Phillies hit for the cycle in the third inning and scored five runs. Freddy Galvis and Jorge Alfaro had RBI hits. Hoskins had the big blow, a three-run homer into the second deck above left field. Three innings later, Hoskins smacked a two-run double with two outs. He has seven homers and 16 RBIs since joining the club. All of the homers have come in the last 10 games.

The Marlins had just two hits.

The Phillies added right-hander Drew Anderson from Triple A Lehigh Valley as bullpen insurance. He will likely return to Triple A on Thursday. Outfielder Cameron Perkins was sent to Triple A.

The Phillies signed veteran pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor-league contract. He is scheduled to pitch Friday for Lehigh Valley.

Up next
The series concludes on Thursday afternoon. Jake Thompson (1-1, 4.20) will be added to the roster and pitch for the Phillies against Marlins right-hander and former Phillie Vance Worley (2-3, 4.82).

The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs comes to town to start a three-game series on Friday night.