Articles matching tag: Pete Rose
- Column: Pete Rose's Fantasies Are OverDecember 24, 2015
Pete Rose’s quest for reinstatement by Major League Baseball is finally, mercifully, over. On December 14, in a decision as clear and emphatic as it was transparent, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred denied Rose’s application for removal from baseball’s permanently ineligible list. While not everyone agreed with Manfred’s decision, even Rose admitted that he couldn’t disagree with the Commissioner’s reasoning. Rose has been lying about his gambling habits throughout his 26-year exile from baseball after being banished from the game by then Commissioner Bart Giamatti. And true to form, he lied on his application for reinstatement and again during his face-to-face meeting with Manfred in September. Old habits die hard.
- Column: Pete Rose Still Belongs in HallJuly 6, 2015
Here we are again, discussing Pete Rose. Does he deserve to be reinstated to Major League Baseball? Should he be eligible for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame? It seems to be a discussion without end, yet it shouldn’t be. It’s not that complicated. In 1989, as part of a plea agreement with then MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti, Rose agreed to permanently be placed on baseball’s ineligible list. In return, MLB suspended its investigation into Rose’s gambling activities. The agreement came after John Dowd, a former federal prosecutor turned investigator, submitted a report confirming allegations that Rose had bet on baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds. Two years later the Baseball Hall of Fame voted to exclude anyone who was permanently ineligible from appearing on a Hall ballot. While that decision covered a number of former ballplayers, it was clearly directed at Rose who was about to appear on the ballot for the first time.
- Column: Pete Rose Is Lying - Once AgainMarch 17, 2014
In a new biography titled: Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, author Kostya Kennedy and Rose make the case that gambling on baseball is less of a crime than the use of PEDs. They’re wrong. Gambling is the number one crime in baseball. It has been since the Black Sox scandal in 1919 when eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired to throw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. All eight were banned from baseball for life, despite being acquitted in a court of law. Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis knew that gambling by anyone associated with baseball could erode faith in the integrity of the game, something that the sport – any sport - could not abide. Absent the element of competition – where fans know every player is trying his or her best to win – sport is reduced to mere entertainment, nothing more than a movie, professional wrestling or Chris Berman yukking it up on SportsCenter.