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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Pete Rose Hall of Fame rule: for every day you lied, you wait a day for consideration.

Twenty-five years ago Pete Rose started to lie about the fact that he had bet on baseball games when he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds.  Ten years ago Rose finally came clean and admitted that he had gambled.  My rule for such behavior is that for every day that you lie, you must wait a day before you can even be considered for something good, like eligibility for election to the Hall of Fame.  Rose has five more years to cool his heels.


5. Voting: Voting shall be based upon
- the player's record
- playing ability
- integrity
- sportsmanship
- character
- contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.

Note that four of the six criteria deal with character.  Rose could reasonably be denied election even after my wait rule had been applied.  So why bring this up now?

Rose Says Best From Steroids Era Belong in Hall of Fame
By REUTERS JAN. 20, 2015, 7:08 P.M. E.S.T.

(Reuters) - All-time hits leader Pete Rose hopes he will get a second chance from incoming commissioner Rob Manfred after suffering a 25-year ban from Major League Baseball and a place in the Hall of Fame for gambling on the sport...

The ban made Rose ineligible for Cooperstown enshrinement.

Rose was barred for life from baseball by Commissioner Bart Giamatti in 1989 after an investigation into allegations he had broken baseball's cardinal rule by gambling on games while manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

The man whose intensity earned him the nickname "Charlie Hustle" as a player, proclaimed his innocence for 15 years before admitting in 2004 he had bet on games though never against his own team...

Rose still makes a living as a baseball celebrity and regularly goes to Cooperstown during the induction weekend to sign autographs and sell memorabilia.

... Rose thinks some others denied entry in the Hall -- due to links to performance enhancing drugs -- belong.

"Would I vote for Roger Clemens? You're damn right I would. Would I vote for Barry Bonds? You're damn right I would. These guys are seven-time MVPs, seven-time Cy Young Award winner," said Rose.


Rose is still hustling, like some pool shark. See The Hustler.
During another spring training game against the New York Yankees,Whitey Ford gave him the derisive nickname "Charlie Hustle" after Rose sprinted to first base after drawing a walk.[5][6] Despite (or perhaps because of) the manner in which Ford intended it, Rose adopted that nickname as a badge of honor. In Ken Burns' documentary Baseball, Mickey Mantle claimed that Ford gave Rose the nickname after Rose, playing in left field, made an effort to climb the fence to try to catch a Mantle home run that everyone could see was headed over everything.

The story I remember was the Ford version. But whichever it was, the term was derisive.

My Pete Rose rule would apply to Clemens, Bonds and Alex Rodriguez, all of whom have yet to come clean. The performance enhancing drug (PED) user who has been the most honest about his past transgressions is Mark McGwire, who came clean in early January 2010 after which his percent of Hall of Fame votes went down each succeeding year. Apparently the voting writers do not consider confession necessary for absolution as I do. Or too many of them are rejecting McGwire as one dimensional and they need his spot on their ballots for Edgar Martinez, designated hitter extraordinaire. Note their OPS+ ranks: McGwire 10, Martinez 41.

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