He earned his ban

27 Jul

Pete Rose bet on baseball.

Pete Rose bet on his own team.

Pete Rose earned his lifetime ban from baseball.

Can we just leave it at that?

This guy does not deserve a second chance. It’s a one-strike-and-you’re-out policy. Period.

I loved Pete Rose when I was a kid. He played the game the right way, and he was the consummate winner. But he bet on his own team, and everyone knows you can’t do that.

Does Rose belong in the Hall of Fame? Of course. But if he can’t be in the Hall without having his lifetime ban rescinded, then I guess we’ll have to live without a Pete Rose plaque on the wall. Life goes on.

Betting on your own team is a crime far worse than taking steroids. It’s a clear violation of the sanctity of the game. Baseball simply cannot go easy on people who recklessly abuse the integrity of the game.

Without its integrity and credibility, what would baseball be?


Posted by on July 27, 2009 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “He earned his ban

  1. Greg Shriver

    July 28, 2009 at 12:39 am

    I have to agree. And in fact, I’m tired of the dialogue.

  2. dodgerkramer

    July 28, 2009 at 7:57 am

    every year at Hall of Fame time, we need to rehash the Pete Rose crap. leave it alone.

  3. Tom

    July 29, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Yeah, but…


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