Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It & # 039; Undeniably Pete Rose made a mistake

Pete Rose - (Photo by Joe Robbins / Getty Images)

Former Major League Baseball Pete Rose participates in a basketball game between men Connecticut Huskies and the Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena February 6, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati won 63-58. (Photo by Joe Robbins / Getty Images)

It was the spring of 1984, Pete Rose played for the Montreal Expos.

That was before. Players Coaches from his hometown Cincinnati Reds With a film crew in tow, we went to Pete for a place we were show for the game of the week NBC Pregame do to visit. It was a big deal at the time. He was the only national broadcast baseball whatsoever. So we went to Pete house and when I walked in the door Pete said, "Hey Len, what do you think of the Celtics think

Really I do not know how to respond. The truth is that I loved the Boston Celtics. He was one of their television boy play-by-play at 70, but Pete was requested. He was on the phone to place a bet on the Celtics playoff game that night. I'm stupid. Or rather, I simply naive. If it so cavalierly bet on a basketball game that barely a dollar or two at the fairs play that night, in which he played records. Or any other baseball game for that matter.

Let me say directly I love Pete Rose. It's one of my favorites on and off the field. I am one of those who believe that, even if he bet on baseball, which should be in the Hall of Fame. The goal is to get a baseball success. And no one has more hits than he. Case closed. In my head. But not purists. Look at the Hall of Fame, unlike other sports, this little morality clause you. It is there, in the voting rules for the Baseball Writers Association

The vote must be on the record player, the ability, integrity, fairness, character and contributions to the team (s) on which the player played based.

.. This little word integrity has followed as sporty and Pete from a few words, violates the first commandment of Baseball:

"You bet."

But not to improve its offer the performance, it was just against the rules. And I thought that he had a legitimate chance of recovery until the last pump: There is now evidence that betting on baseball as a player.

Also not a deal breaker for me, but I have a voice. And the truth is that Pete, the first day, had known to be placed on the wall in Coopers all his plate. But of course he did not. He continued to lie on its participation in Paris for 15 years or more. But then he had a book in the air, and the truth came pouring in.

Or is it? Finally, he admitted to betting on baseball, but he said he did as a manager. Well, it seems that the "truth" was a lie. And if it does not like a sports thing, it's a lie. They are funny that way.

So, to call in the tradition of Richard Nixon and Lance Armstrong, two, that's not the crime. It's the cover-up. So cooked my mindset Pete Rose. Yes, it should comply with the new Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. And yes Rehabilitation tour includes his new job, working as an analyst for FOX Baseball. But in the end their lies upon lies about him.

Too Bad. His lies do not take away from his unprecedented achievements in the field.

Whenever I could give you information about other villains who are now in the Hall of Fame was located. But my Bloviating writers will fall on deaf ears.

It has the perfect nickname: Charlie Hustle. I just wish he had limited, stirring between the white lines.

Len Berman is a sports columnist About.com. It can be reached on Twitter: LenBermanSports

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