The New York Times recently ran a revealing piece on Pete Rose. The all-time hits leader is creeping back into baseball through the back door — the media. He’s part of a three-headed think tank on Fox Sports 1.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will play some role during this summer’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
The career hits leader, who agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport 26 years ago, has been hired by Fox as a guest studio analyst.
“I am satisfied that the New York Mets have a very strong desire to be successful on the field, and that they’re making decisions directed at being successful on the field.”
Those on each side think they are the universal arbiters of right and wrong, of course. But maybe it’s time — for once — to listen to fans, as they have the least to lose from the situation.
If Rose is given a second chance under the league’s new administration, former commissioner Fay Vincent believes baseball’s disgraced hits king will still be shut out of Cooperstown — forever.
Rose the player belongs in the Hall. Rose the gambler belongs banned from baseball. They should not be tied hand in hand.
It is time to dismount from your two-faced high horse and open the door for Pete Rose. Shoeless Joe Jackson, too.
The career hits leader agreed to a lifetime ban in August 1989 following an investigation by MLB that concluded he bet on the Cincinnati Reds to win while managing the team.
“I’m the one that made the mistake. But if I’m ever given that second chance, I will appreciate that and I won’t need a third chance.”
If Bart Giamatti was OK with it, then it should be OK with Fay Vincent. And Bud Selig. And, soon, Rob Manfred. We’ll see what, if anything, happens in the near future.
Rose wants MLB to give him a second chance. And he thinks he’d have a better shot at reinstatement if Hall of Fame voters can find it in themselves to induct a tainted slugger or two.
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They have the stats, they have the titles, they have the accolades — yet something stupid keeps them on the outside. It’s time to change that, because we said so.
The 73-year-old served as guest skipper for the Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League during their 2-0 win over the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Barnstormers.