Does it really matter if Pete Rose betted as a player?

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Re: Does it really matter if Pete Rose betted as a player? 

Post#21 » by anatomicbomb » Tue Jan 8, 2019 1:36 am

danfantastk32 wrote:From Yahoosports: "Another controversy has found Pete Rose, baseball’s embattled hit king. According to a sworn statement filed in a Pennsylvania court Monday by an unidentified woman, Rose maintained a sexual relationship with her in the 1970s when she says she was under the age of 16.
They both lived in Ohio at the time, where 16 is the age of consent. If true — Rose admits the relationship but says she was older than 16 — Rose wouldn’t face criminal charges for statutory rape because the statute of limitations has expired."

Nice. I certainly hope this guy never makes the HoF. He gambled....and there was a penalty involved.

He was a married man in his mid-30's with kids cheating outside baseball as well. Sounds like a pattern to me. I guess you can believe him, and not her (he's been so f-ing honest to date) that she was over 16....that's your choice.

Giant, bloated, cheating, creep-oid. Too funny that anyone wants to see this cheater in the HoF.


This is the first I heard about the statutory rape allegations. The serial ones sound like they could be a bit unreliable, but the fact that there are stories from multiple sources and one of those statements is a signed statement issued in court, then it starts to paint a picture that's very unsettling.

Honouring him sounds like a poor idea, but hiring him for FOX is a natural move. Next lawsuit in 3...
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Re: Does it really matter if Pete Rose betted as a player? 

Post#22 » by jason bourne » Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:55 pm

More dirt on Rose.

Pete Rose lied for 15, count 'em, years that he never bet on baseball. He also lied under oath. He also went to prison for five months and fined $50,000 for tax evasion.

It doesn't stop there, Rose was involved with drugs and selling fake autographs in the collector's market. He should be banned for life.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2001/09/peter-rose-200109
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Re: Does it really matter if Pete Rose betted as a player? 

Post#23 » by Laimbeer » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:49 am

Dr Positivity wrote:I think way to defend it would be to have sympathy for an addict. If he was betting nearly every game and always for his team, it's not like he was searching out opportunities for profit.

On downside a manager betting on games puts the health of players at risk. I wonder if there were games where he left the pitcher in extra long to try to secure his bet. He also could have hurt the Reds by not using his best relievers in games he wasn't betting in to save them for the ones he was


I agree that betting isn't okay just because you bet on your own team. But the addict defense is interesting. It's pretty apparent the guy had an issue.

The Astros scandal made me think of Rose - how is what they did any less a problem for the integrity of the game?
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Re: Does it really matter if Pete Rose betted as a player? 

Post#24 » by Kilroy » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:39 pm

If he had shut up about it after the fact, I'd be inclined to forgive him and let him in on the strength of his stats alone.

But he's been whining about his if not innocence, his 'I'm not as bad as that guy' nonsense for 30 years... You just can't let him in now. It'd be an embarrassment and not one that MLB did anything to deserve.

His best bet (pun intended) now is getting in posthumously. Which I'd probably be in favor of, again, just due to his stats, which no one has ever challenged.
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Re: Does it really matter if Pete Rose betted as a player? 

Post#25 » by kobe_vs_jordan » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:50 pm

I understand punishing banning betting from sports preserves the integrity of the game. But there should be some common sense in punishment, they are treating him like he was betting against his teams and throwing games for profit.

While guys blatantly cheating from stealing signs, PEDs, and using corked bats get relative slap on the wrists. I can view Rose as no harm intended if he really only betted on his team. A guy who blatantly cheats, who to say he isn't throwing games for profit too.
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Re: Does it really matter if Pete Rose betted as a player? 

Post#26 » by Kilroy » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:56 pm

kobe_vs_jordan wrote:I understand punishing banning betting from sports preserves the integrity of the game. But there should be some common sense in punishment, they are treating him like he was betting against his teams and throwing games for profit.

While guys blatantly cheating from stealing signs, PEDs, and using corked bats get relative slap on the wrists. I can view Rose as no harm intended if he really only betted on his team. A guy who blatantly cheats, who to say he isn't throwing games for profit too.


Rose is a slippery SOB though, so there's no way to really be sure he never bet against his team. He feels nothing about what he did one way or the other. So I think it's kind of silly to assume he ONLY bet for his team.

I think at the time, the punishment fit the crime... Maybe it doesn't today, but that doesn't mean you can whipe out a just punishment from decades ago just to suit the times. Especially since he's been such a bitch about it.
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Re: Does it really matter if Pete Rose betted as a player? 

Post#27 » by kobe_vs_jordan » Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:14 pm

Kilroy wrote:
kobe_vs_jordan wrote:I understand punishing banning betting from sports preserves the integrity of the game. But there should be some common sense in punishment, they are treating him like he was betting against his teams and throwing games for profit.

While guys blatantly cheating from stealing signs, PEDs, and using corked bats get relative slap on the wrists. I can view Rose as no harm intended if he really only betted on his team. A guy who blatantly cheats, who to say he isn't throwing games for profit too.


Rose is a slippery SOB though, so there's no way to really be sure he never bet against his team. He feels nothing about what he did one way or the other. So I think it's kind of silly to assume he ONLY bet for his team.

I think at the time, the punishment fit the crime... Maybe it doesn't today, but that doesn't mean you can whipe out a just punishment from decades ago just to suit the times. Especially since he's been such a bitch about it.

I'm not acknowledgeable enough to know what is the evidence that he only betted on his team? Is it his word why people think this or bookie books?

Being fair and objective should punishment wise should leave his personality traits out. Nobody likes a liar but he did eventually admit to it. I can understand a lighter punishment for an honest person.
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Re: Does it really matter if Pete Rose betted as a player? 

Post#28 » by Dr Positivity » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:13 pm

kobe_vs_jordan wrote:I understand punishing banning betting from sports preserves the integrity of the game. But there should be some common sense in punishment, they are treating him like he was betting against his teams and throwing games for profit.

While guys blatantly cheating from stealing signs, PEDs, and using corked bats get relative slap on the wrists. I can view Rose as no harm intended if he really only betted on his team. A guy who blatantly cheats, who to say he isn't throwing games for profit too.


Some ways that betting on your team could be have negative consequences

- Say Rose has money on a game and leaves a starter in for in inordinate amount of pitches to squeeze out the game. Rose’s gambling debts therefore put the pitcher at greater risk of blowing out this arm.

- If he wasn’t betting on a game but was planning to the next night, he may save the best relief pitchers for the second one and hurting his team’s chances to win the first game. This could also be connected to the first point, if he didn’t want to use his best relievers he may force a starter in too long the previous game to the point of health concerns

- Playing time decisions, and influence on roster moves. If the Reds are out of the playoff race they may want to develop a young player, but Rose wants to win his bet so he benches the young player in favor of the veteran. Also while not the GM, as manager and all time franchise legend he may have some influence over whether to keep or call some of those young players instead of veterans. Later on in their career these prospects who never made it end up feeling like they were one big league shot away if not for the crooked manager
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Re: Does it really matter if Pete Rose betted as a player? 

Post#29 » by Black Watch » Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:50 pm

Dr Positivity wrote:
kobe_vs_jordan wrote:I understand punishing banning betting from sports preserves the integrity of the game. But there should be some common sense in punishment, they are treating him like he was betting against his teams and throwing games for profit.

While guys blatantly cheating from stealing signs, PEDs, and using corked bats get relative slap on the wrists. I can view Rose as no harm intended if he really only betted on his team. A guy who blatantly cheats, who to say he isn't throwing games for profit too.


Some ways that betting on your team could be have negative consequences

- Say Rose has money on a game and leaves a starter in for in inordinate amount of pitches to squeeze out the game. Rose’s gambling debts therefore put the pitcher at greater risk of blowing out this arm.

- If he wasn’t betting on a game but was planning to the next night, he may save the best relief pitchers for the second one and hurting his team’s chances to win the first game. This could also be connected to the first point, if he didn’t want to use his best relievers he may force a starter in too long the previous game to the point of health concerns

- Playing time decisions, and influence on roster moves. If the Reds are out of the playoff race they may want to develop a young player, but Rose wants to win his bet so he benches the young player in favor of the veteran. Also while not the GM, as manager and all time franchise legend he may have some influence over whether to keep or call some of those young players instead of veterans. Later on in their career these prospects who never made it end up feeling like they were one big league shot away if not for the crooked manager

And there are more ways even.

It absolutely matters.

And the rule against betting had been in place for half a century, since the Black Sox Scandal. He knew. He did it anyway.

Banned for life is a just punishment here. His jersey and batting helmet and stuff like that are all in the Hall of Fame, but he'll never have a plaque.
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