We all know the story, Pete Rose was banned from baseball nearly 26 years ago because he bet on MLB games as a manager, but now there are more accusations against Rose, which state that he also bet on games as a player. Even if he did bet on games as a player, both betting cases should still be irrelevant in his quest to be reinstated by MLB.
ESPN was first to get the news out about Rose’s betting while still in uniform as an active player for the Reds in 1986.
The allegations against Rose have caused chaos over the entire baseball world, including debates that have spanned all over MLB Network’s shows all day and has even gotten John Dowd — the investigator and author of a report that helped ban Rose from the game back in 1989 — to speak out on the report.
“This does it. This closes the door,” said Dowd about the recent findings against Rose.
Not sure why, but Dowd feels strongly about Rose not being allowed back in baseball. However, does it matter? Do any of the current and former manager and player’s opinions matter that have spoken out against Rose?
In my opinion, no.
First of all, despite many tries at trying to find evidence of it, there is no proof that Rose ever bet against any of his teams. This is key. If he wasn’t betting against his own team, that means he wasn’t not trying and giving less than 100%. It’s not as if he blew games on purpose like the 1919 Chicago Black Sox in the World Series. Also, just to throw it in there, I don’t understand how baseball and its employees can be more forgiving towards steroid users and not Rose.
Second of all, Rose’s numbers speak for itself, the .303 career hitter belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame; he’s amongst the game’s greatest in practically all major hitting statistics all-time, including being ranked first in the following stats: 4,256 hits, 3,562 games played, 14,053 at-bats, 3,215 singles. Not to mention, he won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made 17 All-Star appearances at five different positions (2B, LF, RF, 3B, & 1B).
Those achievements and statistics are truly powerful and belong in the rightful place of Cooperstown, New York. Come on, you can’t say that Rose doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame next to the names of Aaron, Cobb, Mays, Ruth, Wagner, etc., especially when there are guys in the Hall of Fame that don’t numbers that are in the same atmosphere as Rose.
The people that just throw all of these numbers away aren’t giving Rose his fair shake. Even Pittsburgh’s own Colin Dunlap — who doesn’t say if Rose should be in the Hall of Fame or not — believes that it doesn’t matter that Rose probably won’t be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his recent article on Pittsburgh’s local CBS.com. That’s just not right.
Talk to any MLB player, and they will say that winning a World Series has been in their dreams since being a little kid, but being elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame is also in their dreams, too.
Snubbing Rose for betting on his own team just seems ridiculous to me, and I know it clearly states in the baseball rules that no manager or players can bet on baseball, but he bet on his own team! And come on, this is the 21st century, the guy has done his time by waiting over 25 years to be reinstated into the game he loves.
It’ll be interesting to see how MLB’s new commissioner Rob Manfred handles Rose’s attempt to be reinstated into the game, especially with the new findings of his playing days, but hopefully Manfred sees it from this point of view.
Pete Rose coming to Pittsburgh……well close
In just one week, Pete Rose will be at Consol Energy Park (home of the Washington Wild Things) signing autographs and having meet and greets with fans.
Fans can buy a VIP package for $100, and it will include a personal meet and greet, photo and ticket to the game. As an alternative, fans can buy a $40 autograph ticket, which will include an opportunity to get autographs from Rose. Although, he is not allowed to sign Reds or MLB licensed paraphernalia because of his banning from MLB.
Furthermore, according to the Wild Thing’s website, Rose will be an honorary first and third base coach for two separate half-innings.