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Aside from his dirty sportsmanship, he DOES NOT BELONG because he was taking bets. Folks, pay attention now. If the Black Sox scandal of 1919 should have taught anything, it should have taught that you DO NOT TAKE BETS as a player. Pete Rose is guilty of taking bets as well as moral and historical ignorance.
I doubt Pete Rose will ever be admitted to the Hall of Fame where, if anyone belongs, it is Rose. It is to Major League Baseball's shame that he is denied his proper place alongside the giants of the game. Yeah, he bet on baseball games, but he didn't bet against HIS team and he never failed to play as hard as he could to win. Regardless of his not being in the Hall, those of us who saw him play will never forget him.
Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers should have had at least 3 brush back pitches or two intentional walks last night.:-)..4 home runs in one game was outstanding and it was the first time its been done in 10 years. He could be one of the greatest baseball players of all time ,if he could find a way to stay healthy all year.
Nothing like a little 90+mph heat wizzing past your ear to back you up.
Nice blog here! I like Pete Roses style of play as much as anyone but think he will never see the inside of the Hall unless he goes as a visitor.
I think the Cobb spike sharpening thing was dispelled as a rumor. I think the story goes something like this... His teammates saw him cleaning mud from his shoes and said, "lookey there, ol Cobb is sharpening up them spikes to inflict a little damage". I thought I read somewhere that he liked the story and hoped it gave him a little psychological edge on the defense when he was running bases. But supposedly he told everyone it just wasn't true after he retired.
True or not, it is a great story in the history of baseball.
Yes,he did run over Astros catcher Bruce Bochy, in the greatest t playoff series ever ..IMO,How ironic,the player Pete Rose supplanted as the all time leader in hits,Ty Cobb, was known as a dirty player.. Ty Cobb would go sliding into second base cleats up.He even sharpened his spikes to do the most damage.
Lol...Rusty ,but there is the revenge factor...Bryce Harper,the 19- year rookie, ending up on third base in the first inning after he was hit in back by Cole Homles ...To add insult to injury, the rookie stole home on a pick off attempt by Cole Hamels.... After the game the press tried to make a big deal of it but Bryce, would have none of it, he was laughing and said it was all part of the game.
Nice post. But, no, Pete Rose should NOT be in the Hall of Fame. I've never forgiven him for slugging an Astros catcher during the 1980 Astros-Phillies face-off. Nasty bit of work, he was.
YOU GO MIKE. I knew a guy who'd plunk the first opposing batter of a game "just to send the message". Made his curveball more effective.