Pete Rose is unfortunately more well known for being banished from MLB, rather than being known as the all-time hit leader (4,256). His decision to gamble on the game cost him a chance at ever being enshrined in the hall of fame. As of late, Rose has been getting asked a lot about the recent PED suspensions in baseball. I suppose he’s a good person to ask about being suspended, because clearly he knows all about it.
As always, Rose was very candid in a recent interview with 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh:
“I made mistakes. I can’t whine about it. I’m the one that messed up and I’m paying the consequences. However, if I am given a second chance, I won’t need a third chance. And to be honest with you, I picked the wrong vice. I should have picked alcohol. I should have picked drugs or I should have picked up beating up my wife or girlfriend because if you do those three, you get a second chance. They haven’t given too many gamblers a second chances in the world of baseball.”
While his response was over the top, Rose does raise a valid point. Players, past and present, have done things equal to or worse than what he did. Betting on baseball is a bad thing, especially if it involves deliberately changing the outcome of a game. But cheating is cheating. Baseball views gambling as an unforgivable offense, but yet steroids and PEDs have done so much more to damage the game.
Maybe this latest string of suspensions will finally be the turning point where MLB realizes that what Rose did, should be forgiven.