“The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is the sad end of a sorry episode. One of the game’s greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts. By choosing not to come to a hearing before me, and by choosing not to proffer any testimony or evidence contrary to the evidence and information contained in the report of the Special Counsel to the Commissioner, Mr. Rose has accepted baseball’s ultimate sanction, lifetime ineligibility.”
Statement by then Commissioner
of Baseball, A. Bartlett Giamatti,
August 24, 1989
Today, the commissioner of baseball, Robert Manfred, has decided to uphold the ban of Pete Rose from baseball with this following statement,
“Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing … or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of all the circumstances that led to his permanent ineligibility in 1989.”
Pete Rose was caught gambling on MLB teams and even his own, the Reds. He was rightfully banned and thankfully, that was upheld. Even worse is that he is STILL gambling to this day on the sport. Baseball is a sport with a beautiful history, celebrating all the good hearted players, but Pete Rose is not one of those players. He left the biggest black mark on baseball since the 1919 Black Sox, who were also all banished from baseball. None of the 1919 Black Sox players including Joe Jackson got reinstated or got a shot at the Hall of Fame, so why should Rose? The Hall of Fame is for CLEAN and RESPECTED players, not crooks. “Home Run King” Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire have not been voted into the Hall of Fame, most likely because of their link to PEDs. That sends a message to baseball players that you don’t’ belong in the MLB if you don’t abide by the rules. Gambling may or may not have had any affect on his performance, but what he did was wrong and he deserves the consequences. The fact that he is still betting and just goes to show that some people never get the message…..
Tommy Lasorda preaches my thoughts here:
Pete Rose paid for his mistake. Rightfully so, he is still paying for it now. Kudos to Manfred for keeping Rose out of baseball.
What Are Your Thoughts?
Baseball is the greatest sport in the world with the richest history and is often called America’s pastime. Why is baseball referred to as our national pastime. Well…….
Baseball was HUGE in America from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. It ruled in the sports world. Everyone knew about baseball and what was going on. You could have conversation with anyone about it. It brought the people together. Players consisted of both “regular” guys as well as “larger than life” characters. People could turn on their radio daily, listen to the game, and have a beer. How American is that? Baseball is what children did in their free time. There was no technology that kids stared aimlessly at for hours, so they turned to the sport. It brought parents and kids together in playing/teaching moments.
Baseball, was something the country looked up to in a way. There was nothing else like it. It was a source of great entertainment. The 1919 Black Sox scandal was devastating to its reputation. This in a way put a black mark on something everyone loved. The country was upset. Baseball was saved when Babe Ruth took the league by storm when he was sold to the Yankees in 1919, making the most intense rivalry in sports, the Red Sox vs. Yankees. Lou Gehrig was adored by the country. When he was diagnosed with ALS, the country surrounded him and loved him. No sport brought us together like baseball. Douglas Walop wrote, ”America was the land of opportunity where even a poor boy could grow up to be Babe Ruth.” This shows that people could aspire to become a ball player no matter the circumstances. It was a reachable goal. The game inspired and gave people hope.
When any player now days is caught using performance enhancing drugs, there is huge uproar of disgust and disappointment. Everyone talks about baseball being ruined and what it means for the future of the sport. This is just not the same about other sports. There is a certain uniqueness and pride about this sport that holds itself to a higher standard.
Baseball stood as a pillar of strength through wars and the Great Depression. It is something that is always there for you, past, present, and future. It is a sport that cannot be won by one single person, it revolves immensely around teamwork. Baseball brings our country together, whether it’s cheering for an underdog or a superstar. Back in the day, baseball was pretty much only an American sport. I believe this gave us a source of patriotic American pride. Newsflash: Patriotic American Pride is a Good thing!!!
Life is comparable to baseball: “the highs, the lows, the balls, the strikes.” There is always tomorrow and a second chance. Times may be going tough for someone, like a player in baseball, a slump. Then, things could start looking upward, like a hit or start of a hot streak.
There is no other sport that compares to baseball. I feel like it was the first and is the last great family form of sports entertainment. Even though it may not have the highest TV ratings anymore, it’s rich history keeps it our national pastime.