Billy Jaffe's departure from the Islanders' TV booth - a decision several people familiar with the move said was generated by the team, not MSG - came as just as much of a surprise to his partner as to most of the rest of us.
Rose said before Thursday's Cardinals-Mets game at Citi Field that he did not know the reasons for the move and declined to speculate. But he did say this about Jaffe:
"I've had a wonderful four years working with him. He's one of the rising analysts in the sport. He's recognized nationally. He's got a tremendous future. He's going to do great and I just wish him all the best and we'll always be friends and hopefully he'll bounce right up."
Any thoughts on possible successors?
"I think there are obvious guys," Rose said. "Butchie [Goring] has been with us and Denis Potvin's name floats around because he's available. I don't know which way that will go, either. But for Billy, I'm sure everything will work out great."