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ON THE SIDELINES : Rose Regrets Taunts Aimed at Son

June 30, 1989| From Times wire service s

Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose said he regrets that his son, Pete Rose Jr., is taking abuse from some fans over baseball's allegations that the Reds manager gambled on ball games.

The son, playing for the Baltimore Orioles' Class A farm team in Erie, Pa., has endured taunts from some fans. In his professional debut at Durham, N.C., fans waved dollar bills when the public address announcer introduced him.

"I can handle it, but he's just a kid," Rose, 48, said during his son's visit to the Reds clubhouse Thursday. "What ticks me off more than anything else is that he has to go through this, and I'm not guilty. I never bet on baseball, and he still has to go through this. That's the terrifying thing."

The Orioles recommended last weekend that Rose Jr. take a few days off to get away from the situation.

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