Surprise! Pete Rose is back in the news.
Apparently, there is a collector who has x-rayed one of Rose's old bats. He has discovered that the bat has something in it that may be cork or a similar substance. He even has some evidence that the bat was used in a game.
This is not really news, as a 2001 Vanity Fair article made the same allegations.
Update: In light of the recent report that Pete Rose used a corked bat leading up to his record-breaking 4,192nd hit, two Cincinnati collectors had their Rose game-used bats X-rayed recently. Bob Crotty, owner and founder of Green Diamond Gallery, and Mark Fugate of Diamond Sports had their bats X-rayed on June 16, 2010 and both were found to be uncorked. Crotty's bat is a Mizuno PR4192, the model Rose used while gathering hits 4,000-4,192. Fugate's bat is a Mizuno ATHL model that Rose used for the
remainder of his career after breaking the Major League Baseball all-time hits record.
Here is why we should not care.