This breaking news:
Pete Rose, Major League Baseball’s career hit leader, has admitted that he gambled on baseball games while he was manager of the Cincinnati Reds, according to excerpts of a television interview .
In an interview for ABC’s Primetime Thursday to be broadcast this week, Rose said he bet on baseball in 1987 and 1988.
Asked by ABC’s Charles Gibson why he gambled, Rose said, according to interview excerpts released today: “Well, I wish I could answer that question, but I just can’t. I was wrong, I just, stupid, worst thing I ever did in my life.”
Put him in the Hall of Fame but keep him banned from baseball (he should never be allowed to disgrace a uniform again), and let’s quit talking about this ass. And for the love of God- put Shoeless Joe in, too.
I agree except he should only be in the HOF posthumously and I’m a lifelong Cincinnatian.
“I was wrong, I just, stupid, worst thing I ever did in my life.”
More wrong and stupid than LYING ABOUT IT FOR FOURTEEN YEARS?! What an ass. Yeah, put him in the HOF, but make sure to note that he is also a lier, bet on baseball, and also tried to ruin Dodd’s name for personal gain. He goes right behind Cobb on my list of great baseball players that I would never want on my team.
Pete’s got 3 years left to get in.
After 2005 he goes to the veterans committee, and no one on that committee want him in there.
His only chance is with the writers….hence his out coming.
But this is classic Charlie Hustle….doing whatever it takes to get the job done. That’s what endeared him to many and that is what is driving his admissions now.
The writting is on the wall.
Sorry, man. Pete Rose does not deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, and certainly Joe Jackson’s behavior (taking money to throw a series) was worse. Baseball is better with neither.
M. Scott Eiland
Bill James once wrote (at the end of a chapter where he strongly criticized MLB’s handling of the Pete Rose situation–though he also said he had little use for Pete Rose as a human being) that people who want to put Shoeless Joe Jackson in the Hall of Fame are baseball’s answer to women who attend the trials of serial killers and end up wanting to marry the defendant. That comparison is a tad harsh, but Joe Jackson was involved in a plot to throw a World Series and took money from gamblers to that end–both things he admitted knowing to be wrong. Pete Rose is pond scum, but nothing he’s been accused of is within several orders of magnitude of that.