Pete Rose screwed up his reinstatement plan from Bud Selig

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Pete Rose had a reinstatement plan set up for him by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, but a book he put out in March derailed those plans, so says Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt.

Schmidt, who has lobbied for his former teammate many times in the past, wrote a column for the Associated Press Sunday in which he argued for Rose’s reinstatement by Major League Baseball. Schmidt defends Rose, argues that a bad entourage got to the Hit King regarding the gambling, and ultimately says he wants Rose’s name to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot.

One thing to come out of Schmidt’s column that I previously was not aware of is that Selig actually had a reinstatement plan for Rose that was ruined when Charlie Hustle put out a recent book.

From Schdmit’s column:

Following Pete’s apologetic admittance to gambling after 14 years of denial, Commissioner Selig seemed in a cooperative and forgiving mood, actually helping to map out an itinerary for Pete’s possible reinstatement.

Over the following few months, things went sour, as did the commissioner’s attitude.

Pete’s penchant for bad decisions and relationships, plus a need for money, caused a premature book release in New York, which conflicted with the Hall of Fame election news conference. This was a direct hit to baseball and couldn’t have come at a worse time for Pete.

Commissioner Selig never returned to this issue with the same attitude he had that day in Milwaukee, and the Rose case file hasn’t been opened since.

I’m trying to piece together the timeline laid out by Schmidt here. The publication date of the recent Rose book, “Pete Rose an American Dilemma,” is March 11, 2014. The first review I saw for it was Jan. 12, 2014. The results of the 2014 Hall of Fame class voting were announced on Jan. 8, 2014. Seems like Rose had his book reviewed around the same time the Hall of Fame class was announced.

We don’t know all the details of the situation between Selig and Rose. Selig recently said he still has five months to think about reinstating Rose before his tenure as MLB commissioner ends. It seems like he is more than open to the possibility of reinstating Rose, but Pete just can’t get out of his own way. For younger fans, I imagine this is not too dissimilar from working with Jose Canseco, who we all know can be extremely flaky. I still bet Selig reinstates Rose for his last act as commissioner.

Bud Selig: I have five months to think about Pete Rose

Pete Rose TimeWill Bud Selig’s last act as MLB commissioner be to reinstate Pete Rose, the same person who was banished from baseball for life in 1989 after it was found he gambled on the game while managing?

Selig was in Cincinnati on Friday and knew the question would come up. Bud Light said he still has five months to contemplate what — if anything — he will do.

“How it ends, eventually, I do not know,” he said via FOX Sports Ohio. “I’ve taken it seriously, talked to a lot of people. It is one of those situations that is difficult and you wished it didn’t exist. I have to think about this. I have five months to think about it.”

Selig gave a rambling, filibustering type of answer to the questions. But it does sound like he will at least consider the possibility of reinstating Rose.

“All factors enter my mind on this,” said Selig. “I’ve spent many hours talking to people, a lot of players, some of whom I’m very close to. I’ve spent an enormous mount of time on this. And in the end I’m going to say what I say to people on any subject. I have to do what I’ve always been trained to do. Do what I think — what I think — is in the best interest of this sport. That transcends everything else.”

That’s hardly a convincing answer from Buddy Boy. One of the big issues is that reinstating Rose would undo all the work done by Bart Giamatti, Selig’s close friend. Bud Light’s got such a stick up his butt you know he probably would feel too much shame to overturn Giamatti’s punishment. He should, though. It’s been long enough.

Pete Rose: Jay-Z got Robinson Cano an extra 30 days of vacation – October

Robinson-Cano-Mariners-1Pete Rose was one of the most hard-nosed players to ever sprint around a Major League Baseball diamond. Like most others who give 110% percent on a daily basis, the playoffs were important to baseball’s all-time hits leader. He appeared in 67 playoff games and had over 300 plate appearances and a .321 batting average in the postseason.

Rose doesn’t think Robinson Cano has a whole lot of meaningful fall baseball in his future. During an appearance on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show” on Wednesday, Rose was asked about the massive contract Jay-Z was able to help Cano secure. He didn’t pull any punches.

“He [Jay Z] got him a big raise, but he got him an extra 30-day vacation — and it’s called October,” Rose quipped.

I don’t know if I’d write the Mariners off just yet. If Cano is the same player in Seattle that he was with New York, he should provide the M’s with one of the game’s best middle-of-the-order bats for several years to come. Not only that, but Seattle’s brass has said it is not done dealing after signing Cano and has been exploring some intriguing trade possibilities.

As for Jay-Z, he did his job and then some. People were accusing him of costing Cano $50 million just hours before news of the $240 million deal surfaced. Not only that, but he may have gotten the Mariners to outbid themselves for his client.

Right now, everyone is thrilled. If the Mariners miss the playoffs for the next four or five seasons, we can revisit Rose’s vacation theory.

Pete Rose apologizes for wrong vice comment

Pete Rose TimePete Rose made some powerful remarks earlier this week about his lifetime ban from baseball, saying he should have picked alcohol, drugs, or beating up his wife as a vice instead of gambling on games. The point the Cincinnati Reds legend was trying to make is that players who are guilty of that type of activity get second chances, whereas he did not.

For obvious reasons, the comments rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. On Tuesday, Rose issued a statement of apology.

“If I’ve learned anything over the past 24 years since my banishment from baseball, it’s to own up to my failures right away,” Rose said, via CBS Pittsburgh. “I was feeling sorry for myself when I compared my vice to others, including abuse and drinking. Of course, all vices are not to be excused. I know gambling almost destroyed baseball and I have accepted the way Commissioners Giamatti, Vincent and Selig acted toward me.”

The problem for many people is that Rose made it sound like having some sort of vice was a given. It’s understandable that he feels slighted when admitted juicers like Mark McGwire are on the Hall of Fame ballot, but there are plenty of players who didn’t gamble, abuse their wives, drink, or do drugs. In that sense, you can see why Rose’s comments made him look bad.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Pete Rose: ‘I should have picked alcohol, drugs, or beating up my wife’

Pete Rose TimeCincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose is the only living person who is banned for life from Major League Baseball. Rose, who had more hits in his career than any player in MLB history, has never been given a second chance and is not eligible to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

The 72-year-old has always admitted that he made a mistake by gambling on baseball, but it’s obvious he is bitter that he is the only player who is banned from the game given some of the cheating that has gone on in recent years. On Monday morning, he spoke to 93.7 The Fan’s John Phillips to discuss Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and his own past. Rose provided some powerful quotes.

“Hey, everything is a different case,” he said. “I made mistakes. I can’t whine about it. I’m the one that messed up and I’m paying the consequences. However, if I am given a second chance, I won’t need a third chance. And to be honest with you, I picked the wrong vice. I should have picked alcohol. I should have picked drugs or I should have picked up beating up my wife or girlfriend because if you do those three, you get a second chance. They haven’t given too many gamblers second chances in the world of baseball.”

Many would agree with Rose, who said he also dislikes comparisons between him and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Unlike the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal, Rose insists he only bet on his team to win games and would never throw a game for money. There are plenty of people who would argue that betting on your team to win — when that’s what you’re trying to do anyway — is nothing compared to domestic abuse or steroid use.

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Rose said he would love for the ban to one day be lifted but that he doesn’t obsess over it.

“If I ever made the Hall of Fame, I’d be the happiest guy in the world,” he explained. “But I don’t want you to think that I go to bed at night praying I make the Hall of Fame. When I go to bed at night, I pray that I wake up tomorrow morning. That’s where I’m at in my life right now.”

For what it’s worth, Rose also said he is friends with Rodriguez. However, he said he would advise any players who make a mistake in the future to come clean when confronted, rather than denying it and getting caught anyway. Personally, I have far less of an issue with what Rose did than I do with guys like A-Rod and Ryan Braun. Unfortunately, I’m not Bud Selig.

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Pete Rose: Bryce Harper plays recklessly

Bryce-Harper-slams-into-wallBryce Harper has yet to play two full seasons with the Washington Nationals, but he has already been injured several times. While it’s too early to say that Harper is injury prone, it’s obvious his style of play leaves him susceptible to twists and collisions that other players might not have to worry about.

It would be ridiculous to criticize Harper for going all-out in the field, but Pete Rose believes there is a fine line between playing hard and leaving yourself vulnerable. Rose talked about that during a recent interview with SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio.

“Here’s Bryce’s problem, okay?” Rose said, via Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. “Bryce growing up, I was his dad’s favorite player. I mean, that’s a fact. And there’s a difference in playing hard and playing recklessly. And Bryce plays recklessly.

“And there’s a reason for that. He was a catcher when he was here [in Las Vegas]. Now all of a sudden they’ve got him in the outfield, and he don’t understand warning tracks, and he don’t understand every [ballpark] the caroms are different, the walls are different. Some are padded, some aren’t. You can’t turn around and run into the wall at Dodger Stadium face first.”

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Pete Rose stills bets on sports, just not baseball

Pete Rose TimePete Rose received a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball after he was found to have lied about betting on games in which he played and/or managed. Rose maintained that he never bet against his team, but we’ll probably never know if that was the case.

The MLB’s career leader in hits, outs, at-bats, and games played says that he still bets on sports, just not baseball.

Rose was the subject of a story in The Wall Street Journal that talks about all the money he has made through signing autographs the last several years. Since 2005, the Hit King has earned over $1 million a year signing autographs by memorabilia shops in Las Vegas several days a month.

Rose told writer Brian Costa that he doesn’t really fool around with other parts of the casinos, but that he will frequent sports books. He’ll bet on other sports, just not baseball

“I just don’t want to bet on baseball,” he said. “That cost me too much.”

There were reports a few years ago saying commissioner Bud Selig was considering lifting Rose’s lifetime ban from the game, but that still has not happened. Rose, 72, is still banned from the Baseball Hall of Fame, yet he is still hustling for money on autographs. And he still bets on sports. And if you believe him, he’s learned his lesson with betting on baseball.