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Pete Rose Strikes Out Again

“Mr. Rose’s public and private comments, including his initial admission (in his 2004 book), provide me with little confidence that he has a mature understanding of his wrongful conduct, that he has accepted full responsibility for it, or that he understands the damage he has caused,” -Commissioner Rob Manfredrose3

Today, justice was served. Thank you Commissioner Manfred for upholding the true values of the game of baseball. For me, I have no happy memories of Charlie Hustle. As a kid, I watched the numerous reports and interviews about Pete Rose. I saw the pain in my father’s face as his hero’s image shattered like a hammer to a mirror. To this day, when I see a video of Pete Rose playing, I wait for a news report on his latest actions.

If you would like to read another, different opinion on the Pete Rose debate by another one of our talented Cleat Geek writers click here.

To the Baseball Writers Association of America, this is not a Hall of Fame candidate. We do not need to teach young ballplayers that rules don’t matter. We don’t need to teach that the passage of time combined with someone’s phenomenal playing ability equals forgiveness.

I close with another quote from Commissioner Manfred.
“In short, Mr. Rose had not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance of him of his wrongdoing, so clearly established by the Dowd Report, 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,” wrote Manfred, who also stated that Rose’s reinstatement would be an “unacceptable risk” to the integrity of the game.

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