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Rose again proves lack of character

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

Pete Rose is flapping his gums to the press, and that could only mean one thing: He’s trying to weasel his way into the Hall of Fame again.

“I never thought anybody would make me look like an altar boy,” he told Dennis Miller in the aftermath of the Mitchell Report, which links more than 80 former or current major leaguers to performance-enhancing drugs.

“I’ve been suspended 18 years for betting on my own team to win. I was wrong … but these guys today, if the allegations are true, they’re making a mockery of the game.”

Wow. How’s that old saying go? Something about the pot calling the tea kettle black? Here’s a fine example.

Rose, the man who bet on his own team while managing the Cincinnati Reds, then lied through that gap in his teeth for 14 years, has a lot of nerve accusing any player of “making a mockery of the game.”

Whether he truly believes that statement or not, he stated it out of self interest, and self interest only.

Kind of like when he released his autobiography, “My Prison Without Bars,” which featured his long overdue gambling admission, all while netting him a handsome profit, days before sportswriters voted for the 2004 Baseball Hall of Fame class. Of course, the timing of its release coinciding with the Hall voting was by chance, he claimed.

In the book ” which instantly turned his first autobiography in 1989, “Pete Rose: My Story,” into a piece of fiction ” Rose shows no signs of remorse.

“I’m sure that I’m supposed to act all sorry or sad or guilty now that I’ve accepted that I’ve done something wrong. But you see, I’m just not built that way,” he wrote.

“So let’s leave it like this: I’m sorry it happened, and I’m sorry for all the people, fans and family that it hurt. Let’s move on.”

In addition to this non apology, he also wrote that his lifetime ban from Major League Baseball was too harsh.

“Right or wrong, the punishment didn’t fit the crime ” so I denied the crime,” he wrote.

Rose simply does not get it, and apparently never will. That’s why he’ll never be enshrined in Cooperstown.

While it cannot be denied that the aptly nicknamed “Charlie Hustle” is among the most elite players in the history of the game ” with 746 doubles, 2,165 runs and 4,256 hits ” that alone does not earn him the right into the Hall of Fame.

To be voted to the Hall of Fame is an honor, and it’s one that Pete Rose has proven he does not deserve.

No one can ever take away his prodigious offensive stats, nor can anyone take from him the all-out fervor with which he played the game. But to be honored by the game he dishonored, then disrespected by gambling as a manager and adamantly lying about it for years? No way. He’s out.

Yet here he is, popping off at the mouth about performance-enhancing drugs and players who used them in an attempt to boost his own sad status.

“If you’re going to put these guys that supposedly did steroids into the Hall of Fame, I mean, I’ve got to get a shot somewhere,” he told Miller.

Actually, no, Pete. You had your shot, and you struck out on that one.