Hit King's son not done at 34


JOLIET, Ill. -- At least one Pete Rose is back in baseball.

Pete Rose Jr., the son of Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader, will return to the Northern League's Joliet JackHammers for their 2004 season, the team announced on Monday.

"We are very excited to have Pete back with the club," JackHammers coach Mike Pinto said in a release. "Not only does he provide us with a solid bat in the middle of the lineup, but he is a leader on and off the field ... Pete is a great example of playing the game hard. He plays the game the right way, day in, day out, and he loves the fans of Joliet."

Rose Jr. was named to the Northern League All-Star team in 2003, when he played in 78 games, and batted .260 with four home runs and 38 RBI. The JackHammers open their new season on Thursday, May 20.