Hit King In Exile
The MLB record holder, with 4,256 hits, was banned from baseball on Aug. 24, 1989, for betting on games. At 72, Rose is still hoping to be reinstated and finally voted into the Hall of Fame
Was there any other option other than a lifetime ban back in 1989?
PETE ROSE: I left that in the lawyers' hands. If you watched my press conference when I was suspended, I said I can't wait for a year so I can apply for reinstatement. I guess I was wrong. I have no idea why my lawyers would okay a lifetime ban.
When's the last time you met with [MLB commissioner] Bud Selig?
PR: Several years ago. I thought I was going to get reinstated. You know as well as I do the guy who shot the Pope got a second chance. So there are second chances out there. I just chose the wrong vice. If I'd been a guy on drugs or a spouse abuser, I'd have been reinstated a long time ago.
Did you manipulate the games you bet on in any way?
PR: I tried everything I could every night to win. I told the guy [I bet with] before the season I want my team every night and we'll settle up at the end of the year. That was my first year without playing. Managing wasn't enough. I needed more. The more was betting on my team every night.
What's worse, PEDs or betting on baseball?