Pete Rose is the all time leader in games played (3,562), at bats (14,053), hits (4,256), and singles (3,215). Rose also holds the record for the most RBIs by a player who never recorded a season of 100 or better with 1,354. In fact, his best season, in terms of driving in runs, was 1969 when he recorded 82 RBIs. He also has a lifetime .303 batting average, 17 All Star Games, 3-time World Series Champion, a World Series and NL MVP, and his number 14 jersey retired by the Cincinnati Reds where he spent most of his time in the league, including his time as a coach.
During his time with the Reds (1963-1978, 1984-1989), Pete Rose was a member of one the of the greatest teams assembled in Major League History…The Big Red Machine. During the 1970’s, the Reds won back to back World Series (1975, 1976) and pretty much stole the show from the rest of the league. Along with Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez, the Reds stole the heart of millions of fans across the world which furthered Rose’s fame. Unfortunately, the 1970’s also brought an egoistic side of Rose who left the Reds for the Phillies, who made him the highest paid athlete at the time. He came back to the Reds in 1984 and this began the period in question…did Rose gamble and did it affect his play?
On September 11, 1985, Pete Rose became the hit king by passing Ty Cobb’s record of 4,191 on a single against the Padres. He was the player-coach of the Reds at the time. This is the infamous period in question. In February of 1989 Rose was questioned by the MLB about his involvement in gambling. He was accused of gambling on games, including Reds games, as well betting at least $10,000 a day. During the 1987 season, Rose gambled on more than 50 Reds games. Prosecutors believed he influenced the outcomes of those contests. Rose originally denied everything, but in August of 1989 he came clean. He took a voluntary place on the ineligible list with a chance of readmission in 1990 but was later told “there was no chance in hell.”
Pete Rose did gamble on baseball. He did it 4/5 times a week; or, at least, that is what he told Bud Selig. While there was no evidence that he bet for/against the Reds, the author of the Dowd Report believed he had. This led him to believe that Rose could have influenced games more than once due to his ability to play people he wanted. In 2004, he said he did gamble on the game as well as the Reds BUT he always bet for the Reds. He claims to have never bet against the Reds due to his faith in his team.
You’ve read what happened. But now it’s my turn. Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame. You can argue your point with me on twitter (@soft7juice) but in my opinion Rose is one the best players of all time. He leads history with hits, at-bats, and many, many more categories. He has been banned for 30 years at this point and I think that is more than enough. What he did was wrong, yes, but during the best part of his career he did not gamble. His stats from 1963-1978 alone would enter him in the Hall of Fame. He led one of the greatest teams ever assembled to two World Series Championships as well as winning the MVP of one of those. If you want to shame Rose, do it for his role as a manager. Erase his managerial stats but what you can’t erase is what he did for the Reds and the entire MLB.
So to commissioner Manford, do the right thing. The Reds don’t have much going for them, so give us this. Plus, when you legalize gambling in the MLB you have your top spokesperson. So my question to you all…should Pete Rose be reinstated and be inducted to the Hall of Fame? Vote and follow us on Twitter @soft7sports.