should never ever be allowed into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ever. He
committed the worst possible baseball crime -- one that undermines the
game itself. He bet on his own team while he was manager of that team. By
nature of his position as manager, he had the power to effect the outcome of games. Fans who attended
Cincinnati Reds games in the eighties should demand their money back. For
all they know, what they were watching might have been rigged.
for that, Rose is OUT. Out of the hall. Out of baseball. Forever. No
pardon. No second chances.
folks have reasoned that what Pete Rose has done is less of an offense
than many drug addicts who have been given second and third and sometimes
(in the case of Steve Howe) eight chances to redeem themselves and play
the game again. But what Pete Rose did is by light years a more serious
offense than playing the game while on drugs. He fucked with the economics and
viability of the game itself.
is only one thing that can kill baseball, and that's if the fans think the
game is rigged. Then it becomes nothing more than professional wrestling,
with a made-up ending. What makes sports appealing, as Richard Lewis once
said, is that you never know what the outcome is going to be.
Rose has now
admitted to the fact that he bet on his own team while manager, but, he
says, he always bet for them to win. Hold on -- when you bet on baseball
games you make two bets -- you bet who is going to win, and then you also
have to bet the over-under -- if the teams are going to score a combined
amount of runs under or over the spread. You've got to get both right to
win the bet. So if the under-over is say 10, and Pete bets Cincinnati to
win and takes the 'over', they've got to win and both teams have to score
a combined 10 runs or more. So Rose as manager, can almost guarantee
himself at least a draw on the bet, if not an outright win. Even if
Cincinnati is losing, say 6-1 late in the game, all Rose has to do is keep
an ineffective relief pitcher in to allow the other team to score runs so
that they go over the 'over'. Same thing goes if he bets the under.
Cincinnati's down 4-1 late. You bring in your ace relief pitcher to make
sure to hold down the score.
Ever watch a
baseball game and been mystified why the manager leaves in a pitcher too
long? Or brings in the ace reliever even though the game is lost? Well the
manager has his reasons. You would
allows Pete Rose into the hall of fame, it is basically condoning his
behavior and saying it's ok to question whether or not the scores of baseball
games are legit. And because of that,
Pete Rose can never, ever be allowed in the Hall of Fame no matter how
much he protests.
Rose Not in the Hall of Fame Industry
Rose has already received plenty of bounty from his Hall of Fame status.
His not being in the hall of fame has become a million dollar industry.
The newspapers and ESPN and other media have made millions off of it.
Stories and movies and advertising and endless debates on talk show radio.
It's become an event as much covered as men walking on the moon.
has cashed in on the hall of fame more than any Hall of Famer possibly
could hope to, with extra publicity and resultant cash. Most Hall of
Famers go quietly, humbly into the hall and they are forgotten about. Mike
Schmidt cried when he retired, was lampooned for years
afterwards, and didn't make a dime off it. If Rose had been inducted back
in eighties, nobody under 30 years old would even know who he was today.
For Pete Rose's own sake, if he's lucky, he'll not make the Hall of Fame
in his lifetime.
I wish him
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