Originally Posted by broncocalijohn
You are correct as I thought he beat the record by at least 200. Once he got the manager gig, he played only the last month of the season for a few years. If he didn't get the opportunity to manage, I am sure he would have still been on the 25 (or was it 24 then) roster and still came out again and hit even more than what he ended with for his career. No one can ever take away what Ty Cobb did even with worse fields, gloves and only whitey. He dominated the hitting game.
Add to that the fact that anyone who thinks Rose stuck around just for the record obviously never watched the guy play. Players who care about records (especially longevity records) don't do things like run a catcher over in an All-Star game. You don't get a nickname like Charlie Hustle.