"Charlie Hustle" as he was often called in his heyday just doesn't get it. The all-time MLB hits leader has managed to screw up what could have been his last chance, or atleast last chance while still alive , to be inducted into MLB's prestigious Hall of Fame. There are many who will argue that the man should be given a break, that his exploits off the field should be pardoned at the expense of the "integrity" of the game. I'm not one of them.
Yes, the all important integrity of the game. Those who would scoff at that apparently are sorely lacking in basic morals and values. By agreeing to a lifetime ban in 1989, you would have thought Rose would have gotten the message loud and clear that he needed to clean up his act totally and completely to stand a chance of his reinstatement application to MLB being approved by new commissioner Rob Manfred. By continuing to bet on baseball all these years later, legally(Vegas) or otherwise, Rose has further sullied his already shady off-field reputation to the point of total untrustworthiness.
Rose can't be this stupid, ignorant, whatever. It's as if he's saying, rules be damned, apparently with some crazy self-serving inner belief that he's somehow bigger than the game itself. Well, he's dead wrong and sadly mistaken ! Commissioner Manfred correctly ruled to deny the hit king reinstatement to the game he so dearly loves. In a society so infested with rule breakers who cry when they are caught and punished, it desperately needs the likes of the so-called heroes of the world like Pete Rose to set a positive example. A positive and proud one, not a negative and tarnished one.