The Reds formally retired Pete Rose's No. 14 on Sunday, capping a big weekend for baseball's hits king that was a success for the franchise in every way except on the field. Big crowds filled Great American Ball Park for the three days of celebration, which had to be approved by Major League Baseball because of Rose's lifetime ban for betting on his team. The last-place Reds have played in front of small crowds for much of the season. They stretched the celebration into an entire weekend, honoring their 1976 World Series championship team on Friday night and adding him to their Hall of Fame on Saturday. They saved the number retirement for the final day of a series against the San Diego Padres.
It’s full circle for Jose Reyes. On Saturday, the New York Mets signed the 33-year-old shortstop, who originally started his career with the club after signing as a teenager from the Dominican Republic in 1999. In his first stint, he spent 12 years with the team and won the National League batting title with the Mets in 2011, hitting .337 and made all of his four All-Star appearances. The move comes out of recent controversial circumstances by Reyes as he was arrested on Oct. 31 after a physical altercation with his wife at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, Hawaii. Major League Baseball suspended Reyes without pay for his actions through May 31, resulting in him forfeiting $6.25 million.