In recent years Pete Rose’s Hall of Fame potential has been discussed with increased fervor, especially as players who took performance-enhancing drugs become eligible for Cooperstown. The US Mint earlier this year released a silver coin in commemoration of Pete Rose, and many collectors hinted that the Mint knew Rose would soon be made eligible for the Hall of Fame. Still, many believe this won’t ever happen.
Pete Rose has said he believes that players like Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are Hall of Fame worthy, despite the controversy over their steroid use. Many people – important people, like Commissioners of Baseball – have not viewed his case so kindly.
‘The Pete Rose case represents the larger issue of gambling’s prevalence in America,’ says Fay Vincent, the former baseball commissioner who, as deputy to that office, was deeply involved in Rose’s 1989 banishment from the game. ‘It is always out there, and it is a real threat to professional sports.’
What if Pete Rose managed his Cincinnati Reds in such a way to benefit his gambling? Some of his players say they don’t think this was true.
‘The idea that Pete might have overused me or overused some other pitcher I was in the pen with, I never saw that at all,’ says Murphy. ‘I’d just about say it is a ridiculous idea. If anything, I wanted to pitch even more times than I got in.’
As Kostya Kennedy writes of the Pete Rose predicament:
‘…it comes to this: Rose has been banished for the incalculable damage he might have done to the foundation of the game. Steroid users are reviled for the damage they actually did.’
This post was published at GoldSilverBitcoin on September 15, 2014.