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 But if he can’t be in the Hall without having his lifetime ban rescinded, then I guess we’ll have to live without a Pete Rose plaque on the wall.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