Pete Rose says that he’s “messed up” and is “paying the consequences,” but his recent comments belie any true contrition. He lied about gambling for years and only admitted it to help sell his autobiography, and now he hopes to make people feel sorry for him. I don’t, and no one should.
Pete Rose violated the cardinal rule in baseball, and he got what he deserved. For a guy who played up his reputation as a tough, hard-nosed player, he’s really become a crybaby. It’s sad.
They didn’t vote for Barry Bonds, the all-time home run leader, or Sammy Sosa, who had memorable home run duels with Mark McGwire and is eighth on the career home run list, or Roger Clemens, easily one of the most dominant pitchers of the modern era. All three fell far short of the 75 percent vote they needed to be elected in the first year they were eligible.
The steroid scandal has been an embarrassment for baseball, and I agree with the notion of waiting for the dust to settle before any leading player from the Steroid Era is honored with selection to the Hall of Fame. Sometimes it takes a while for the truth to come out, one way or the other. Players can be on the writers’ ballot for 15 years, which should give us plenty of time to see what shoes may drop.