- 04/08/2011, 12:43PM ET
Catclip said 04/08, 12:43 PM
He didn't take steroids (Bonds, Clemens, etc), smuggle drugs into the country (Cepeda), he bet on baseball like millions of others, he admitted it, and has lived with it for over 20 yrs, it's time to forgive, put it behind and move on.
Schad - Notorious Deadbeat said 04/09, 09:16 AM
There is one golden rule in baseball that everyone knows that if they break, they are out for life.
Don't bet on the game.
It's that simple, but Rose couldn't resist it.
Not only did he bet on the game, but be bet on his own team as he was a manager. He was in the perfect place to manipulate the game to attempt to win his bets and destroy the integrity of the game for his own self interests.
He lied about it for 15 years. He never accepted responsibility for his actions. He could have come clean, had the tearful moment on Oprah and just moved on and everyone would have been, "awwww, see, Pete is really sorry", and he would have gotten into the Baseball HOF.
Nope. Instead he tried the denial route. The Dowd report in 1989 wasn't enough.
The Dowd Report documented his alleged bets on 52 Reds games in 1987, where Rose wagered a minimum of $10,000 a day.
Pete Rose stating in an interview with Jim Gray, "I'm not going to admit to something that didn't happen." No responsibility taken there.
Also, the Black Sox nearly ruined baseball in 1919 with a betting scandal.
Sorry Pete, you ain't getting in without a ticket.
Schad - Notorious Deadbeat said 04/10, 02:28 PM
For years and years, he basically declared he didn't do anything wrong. He'd deny it to anyone who asked him. Then, he writes a book with opportunity to make more money, and suddenly, the words "I made a mistake". Mistake? Really? A mistake is driving 5 MPH over the limit. His behavior wasn't a mistake, it was over and over, for months and possibly years.
He "admits" to what he did almost 15 years after what he did. Almost. Why almost? Well, you are eligible for the HOF for 15 years after you leave the game. Coincidence? I don't think so.
He spends the days leading up to the induction of new players into the HOF in Cooperstown trying to hawk people for more money for his memorabilia. He thinks so little of the game that he feels no shame in spending the HOF weekend trying to make it about him, when it isn't.
Pete Rose is about Pete Rose and nothing else. It isn't about the game. He sees the HOF as a chance to put more $$$ into his pocket.
If you let Rose into the HOF, basically you are saying that he is above the game. No player is above the game, no matter how they behave.
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