Pete Rose at Christ's Church of the Valley

Pete Rose, Major League Baseball’s all-time career hit leader, will return to Philadelphia and appear at Christ’s Church of the Valley on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Rose will appear live and be interviewed by Senior Pastor, Brian Jones during each service at 9:00, 10:15 and 11:30 AM.

This event is free and open to the public. Pete’s visit marks his return to the Philadelphia area, where in 1980 he helped lead the Phillies to their first ever World Series championship.

Rose is recognized as one of Major League Baseball’s all-time greatest players. He holds the league’s records for most hits (4,256), games played (3,562) and at-bats (14,053).

In 1989, he was permanently banned from baseball (including the National Baseball Hall of Fame) as a result of allegations that he bet on baseball games (a violation of baseball’s rules) while manager of the Cincinnati Reds. In 2004, Rose admitted these charges were true in his autobiography, My Prison Without Bars.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Rose’s banishment from the game as well as the 10th anniversary of his admission of guilt. Yet, while players who took performance-enhancing drugs have been welcomed back to the game, Pete still remains an outcast. As someone who preaches weekly about the need for “second chances,” Brian Jones believes that it’s time Pete was offered one.

“We’ve all made decisions we wish we could take back. When we make mistakes there are consequences for our actions. Pete Rose is somebody who has admitted his mistake, has come clean with what he did, and I truly believe his debt has been paid,” said Jones. “It’s time for baseball to give Pete Rose a second chance.”