Pete Rose is one of the most polarizing figures in baseball. Just the mention of his name can spark a huge debate on whether or not baseball's all-time hits leader deserves his lifetime ban from the sport for allegedly betting on games.
Topps baseball cards has joined the debate -- without even mentioning Rose's name. In fact, the company has joined the debate by not mentioning his name.
Rob Harris of the Chicagoside website wrote that Rose -- and apparently only Rose -- is left out of a new feature on the back of the 2013 cards. On the back of each card, there's a line labeled "Career Chase," indicating how close -- or far -- that player is from some MLB milestone. It also indicates which player holds that particular record.
But apparently there's an exception. Harris mentions two examples -- the cards of the Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro and the Chicago White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski -- in which the all-time record of 4,256 career hits is listed with no mention of Rose's name as the guy who set that record.