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Pete Rose deserved to to banished

Posted: August 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Regarding Dick Cesaroni’s letter to the editor “Major League Baseball and its discipline,” published Aug. 13: Pete Rose made much more than a few bets while managing the Reds. He bet on 52 games over the course of the 1985, ‘86 and ‘87 seasons — at a minimum of $10,000 per game on the Reds.

All to win, by the way, but bets nevertheless.

Baseballs’ “Black Sox” scandal of 1919 was easily the darkest event in baseball history, and thereafter the “Prime Directive” (to borrow a Star Trekism) was no betting on baseball games by baseball players.

Pete Rose was an arrogant man and knew full well that he was facing banishment from the game for what he was doing but chose to do it anyway.

That being said, Pete Rose certainly earned entry into the Hall of Fame by his “Charlie Hustle” attitude and talent on the field. But he threw it away by his actions at the bookmakers — I doubt any of that will change.


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