Pete Rose: Baseball Clearly Has 2 Sets of Rules

Ruben Hill
February 7, 2020

In a report on the league's investigation into the 2017 scandal, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Hinch told officials that while he wasn't part of the operation, he didn't do almost enough to try to stop it. Hinch said that, more than once, he destroyed monitors near Houston's dugout that players would use to decipher catcher signals in real time and send pitch types to hitters via banging a trash can loud enough for the hitter to hear.

When Rose was banned from baseball in 1989, no rule existed that prevented him from being eligible for the Hall of Fame.

The 78-year-old has been on the permanently ineligible list since 1989, when he agreed to that punishment as a outcome of his gambling on Major League Baseball games.

Pete Rose, along with many Major League Baseball fans, were very unhappy that "Charlie Hustle" was still banned from the game while Houston Astros players who cheated their way to a World Series win were given absolutely no punishment.

"There has never been any allegation that Mr. Rose and another for everyone else", the petition says.

Because five years had not passed since his retirement as a player and his 1989 ban, Rose's name never appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot. Rose denied for years that he bet on games until he admitted to it in 2004 when his book, "My Prison Without Bars", was published.

"Given the manner in which Major League Baseball has treated and continues to treat other egregious assaults on the integrity of the game, Mr".

Manfred suspended Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for their roles, and they were soon fired by owner Jim Crane. Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig also rejected a previous Rose application for reinstatement.

The petition also cites the fact that Major League Baseball has reinstated pitcher Jenrry Mejia, who had previously been banned for life for testing positive three times for using anabolic steroids.

Rose, who also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos, was known as a hustling switch-hitter with occasional power, ultimately becoming MLB's all-time leader in hits (4,256) and games played (3,562), with a career batting average of.303.

"Mr. Rose's lifetime ban is clearly not proportional to the more lenient recent penalties for acts committed in flagrant violation of well-known rules of baseball", the petition says.

The 78-year-old would qualify for induction consideration into Cooperstown if he was removed from the ineligible list.

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