It’s been twenty-six years since Major League Baseball permanently banned Pete Rose from the league. As any baseball fan probably knows, Rose was banned for allegedly betting on baseball and his team while he was the manager for the Cincinnati Reds. It is now being reported that his gambling dates further back than his time as a coach.
According to an Outside The Lines report, Rose apparently gambled on the Reds when he was a player-manager in 1986, one year before taking over as the team’s manager. The suspicions arose after pages from a notebook seized by the US Postal Inspection in 1989 showed that Michael Bertolini, a former associate of Rose, had taken bets for all sports, including baseball and the Reds, on Rose’s behalf.
The full video of the OTL report is below.
John Dowd, the man who conducted the investigation on Rose in 1989, was shown copies of the pages from Bertolini’s notebook and was convinced that the case against Rose had been permanently solved at that point.
“This does it. This closes the door. (The notebook) supports the work that we did twenty-six years ago, so that obviously feels good,” Dowd said.
Before Monday’s report, most people have said that Rose deserved to be in the Hall of Fame as a player, as he had apparently not gambled during his time as one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Rose is still the all-time hits leader in the MLB.
As my boss said upon me telling him about this new investigation, “He’s freaking screwed.”
I have to agree with that statement 100 percent. Rose will probably never get inducted into Cooperstown. If he does, it will be posthumously and he will never see his bust in the Hall.
Oh well, at least he still has one Hall of Fame achievement to be proud of. Rose was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame’s Celebrity Wing in 2004. Not as prestigious of an honor, but at least it’s something.
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