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Pete Rose coaches Florence Freedom game

Rose took a few playful pitches before the game. (FOX19) Rose took a few playful pitches before the game. (FOX19)
Many fans donned #14 Reds regalia. (FOX19) Many fans donned #14 Reds regalia. (FOX19)
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) -

Pete Rose was back in the Tri-State and in the batter's box Tuesday for a guest coaching gig with the Florence Freedom.

A nearly sold out crowd at University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium watched the hit king take a few pitches before coaching the first base for the professional team.

Rose also took time to speak to FOX19 NOW about his ban from Major League Baseball, dropping optimistic hints about his future with the sport.

"I haven't given up on Bud. Bud has good things to say about me now. And he probably should because I'm doing good things. You know, I've taken responsibility for what I did and he understands that," Rose said in reference to outgoing MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

The Freedom also retired Rose's number 14 jersey during the game against the River City Rascals. The team is the first professional baseball team to officially retire Rose's jersey.

Rose, 73, finished his Major League Baseball Career with 4,256 hits, the most in MLB history. A three-time batting champion, Rose won three World Series titles and was a 17-time All-Star before being banned for betting in 1989.

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