CINCINNATI -- In a pregame ceremony on Saturday night, the Reds commemorated the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose's career hit No. 4,192, which surpassed Ty Cobb on the all-time list.
Pirates manager John Russell played with Rose during Spring Training in 1983 while in the Phillies' organization.
"He's a tremendous worker, tremendous passion for the game," Russell said. "He wasn't called Charlie Hustle for nothing. He played the game hard."
Russell believes Rose, who was in attendance at Saturday's ceremony, should be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame despite his banishment from baseball.
"I'm a big believer in the rule," Russell said. "Gambling on baseball is about as wrong as you can get. But I think what he did on the field should definitely be considered."