"Players don't play the game the same way today as we played it," said Rose, who played 24 seasons, 19 of them with the Reds. "You have to get 200 hits for 21 years, and you're still 56 shy."
For that reason, Rose said, he's never been worried about a player approaching his record. Not even Derek Jeter, who retired after last season with 3,465 hits.
"I don't want it to be broken," Rose added. "I'm going to die as the hit king."
Asked which hitters he enjoys watching now, Rose said he has several favorites -- including Joey Votto, Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen and Dee Gordon -- but he singled out Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera
"You could wake him up on Christmas morning and he'd get you 2-for-4 and probably line out twice," Rose said.
The 17-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion said he thinks the state of Major League Baseball is "great" for the players, with the game's record-breaking revenues leading to lucrative contracts.
In March, Rose submitted an official request to Commissioner Rob Manfred, asking Manfred to lift Rose's lifetime ban from Major League Baseball. Rose, now 74, was banned in 1989 for betting on baseball while serving as the Reds' manager.
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