djacks wrote:Makes no difference if he bet on his own team or against his own team. THE MAN BET ON BASEBALL WHILE HE WAS A MANAGER!!! It's not any more complicated than that. There were rules in place that said if you bet on the game while in MLB you get a lifetime ban. It's a black and white issue, there is no gray area here. Just because he happens to hold a record doesn't change the rule.
What's that saying about the fool who ignores history?
It's disconcerting to see how so many interested baseball people are so quick to forgive the greatest baseball sin. There's a very good reason why gambling is a particularly sensitive issue for baseball. This one is cut and dry. The game was very nearly destroyed by the kind of activity that Rose was guility of. Why in the world should baseball grant him its greatest honour? It's not about being self-righteous and rigid--it's about putting the game and its integrity above all
individuals (no matter how talented, accomplished, or popular they may have been).