Hit by Pitch (HBP), gambling, performance enhancing drug (PED) use. Where are the priorities?
Barbarity should be banned. Wednesday, April 22, 2015
By now you've seen and learned about the revolting confrontations between the Oakland As and Kansas City Royals this weekend...
the barbarity of pitchers intentionally throwing a baseball at a batter ... should no longer be tolerated ...
How did we get to this point? How does any reasonable person in 2015 think that this makes sense? Am I the only one who has had enough? Why do we tolerate this? ...
PED use pales in comparison to batters being smashed (not plunked) with fastballs of increasing velocity. Possible damage: injured internal organs (including the kidneys), broken bones, brain damage, loss of eyesight, death. Fans cheering this stuff is inexcusable.
During each of the three previous night's Yankee games in Detroit the Tiger fans cheered when a baseball almost hit Alex Rodriguez in the head. Last night it was a foul ball to the on deck circle, the others apparently errant curve balls thrown by Tiger pitchers.
I wrote the barbarity post following the Oakland-Kansas City series without knowing about the fireworks between Baltimore and Toronto that followed. If only there were a commissioner to take swift decisive action. Manfred, the A-Rod Slayer, has done nothing significant.
Steroids: what about Pete Rose? Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The most viewed topic on this blog has been my three primary posts on whether Nolan Ryan used performance enhancing drugs (PED). Ryan is suspected far more than the main stream media either realizes or wants to admit...
The most recent comment introduces Pete Rose into this. Who hasn't wondered about Rose in the 30 or so years since his upper body and arms became huge. Rose received immunity because he was not a home run hitter.
This summer when Rose seems close to being forgiven for his gambling on baseball games while he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, maybe people should ask Rose whether he used PED. Since Rose lied for 14 years about his gambling, his credibility may not be worth much...
Rose was not prevented from PLAYING baseball. That would have been a big punishment. Ask Alex Rodriguez.
Timing and Publicity Are Right as Pete Rose Looks to Shake Stigma
APRIL 20, 2015 The New York Times
By RICHARD SANDOMIR
Since Fox Sports announced its hiring of Pete Rose as a studio analyst on Saturday, I’ve wondered, What took so long? ...
he remains a fascinating personality for his playing career and for his gambling sins, which landed him on baseball’s ineligible list ...
Rose is under contract, for now, to make at least 25 appearances a year ...
The date for his first appearance is not set, but whatever his Fox schedule is, it has to fit in with his regular job, signing memorabilia at a store in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place in Las Vegas...
Toss in, too, Rose’s recently submitted request to be reinstated, which Manfred has said he is considering...
Rose now insists that he does not view the Fox job as an avenue to prove his worthiness for reinstatement to Manfred.
On April 20, 1990, Rose pleaded guilty to two charges of filing false income tax returns not showing income he received from selling autographs and memorabilia, and from horse racing winnings. On July 19, Rose was sentenced to five months in the medium security Prison Camp at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois and fined $50,000. Marion was the hometown of Fosse, the man whom Rose bowled over during the All-Star game nearly 20 years prior, resulting in injuries that would plague Fosse for the rest of his career. He was released on January 7, 1991 after having paid $366,041 in back taxes and interest, and was required to perform 1000 hours of community service.
Rose plead guilty 25 years to the day before the New York Times article quoted above.
I think the kabuki dance has begun.
Hopefully Rose is now paying income tax on that autograph money he is being paid. Signing autographs is his regular job? That's a job? What kind of idiot would pay for that? And Pete "works" where?
Mandalay Place in Las Vegas, which includes a casino:
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino adheres to the American Gaming Association (AGA) Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming, which became effective on September 15, 2004.
See where I'm going here?
Ueberroth Lifts Ban on Mantle and Mays
March 19, 1985 STEVE JACOBSON Newsday LA Times
NEW YORK — It is now perfectly all right to sing about Willie, Mickey and the Duke at the old ballpark again. Peter Ueberroth, the new baseball commissioner, has removed baseball's ban against Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, originally enforced because of their association with gambling casinos...
Ueberroth said baseball must remain "free from any connection between it and gambling. That is vital."
Pete Rose was player/manager of the Cincinnati Reds 1984-1986, then just manager in 1987 and parts of 1988 and 1989. Rose was 43-48 years old in those years.
My Pete Rose Hall of Fame rule: for every day you lied, you wait a day for consideration. Wednesday, January 21, 2015
... 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.