Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has decided not to lift the lifetime ban of all-time hits leader Pete Rose, according to multiple reports.
Rose was banned for life by former commish Bart Giamatti back in 1989 after it was discovered that he had bet on baseball games while managing the Cincinnati Reds, for whom he also played at one point.
Since then, he has gone from denying those claims to flat out admitting that he did bet on his team to win every night.
Despite calls from fans and writers alike to have him reinstated and take his long overdue place in the Hall of Fame, those cries have fallen on deaf ears; to which this writer says, unacceptable.
Rose leads all players with 4,256 career hits in 24 seasons, a number that will never be touched. He played in 17 All-Star Games and won three World Series rings along with an NL MVP award and three batting titles in time spent with the Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos. Sure, what he did blatantly violated the integrity of the game, but what does baseball have to gain from keeping him out still?
The long and short of it is that MLB is trying to uphold a “tradition” of holding its players to a high moral standard and keeping the game clean which, if you ask me, went straight out the window once it was learned that a good deal of its star players were using steroids regularly. Compared to that, gambling looks like pushing a kid off the swings at the playground.
That all being said, consider this a call to anyone who considers themselves a baseball fan. If you want Pete Rose back in the game, let your voice be heard and do not stop until Rose is rightfully reinstated!
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