25th Anniversary Of Pete Rose's Banishment

Pete's Predicament

25 Years. That's how long ago Major League Baseball made an example of Pete Rose. It took Rose more than half of that time to come clean and admit to betting on baseball, and many have forgiven him since then and sentiments towards his reinstatement have gained momentum. With a new book detailing the process of the Rose banishment due out this week, the conversation about whether Rose has served enough time is bubbling back up again.

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Reactions to 25th Anniversary Of Pete Rose's Banishment

Hank Aaron

I would certainly like to see him in [the Hall Of Fame.] He belongs in, really. His career is one that he needs to be right here in the middle of all of this.

Source: USA Today
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Keith Olbermann

I went from being one of the most hard line opponents to the reinstatement of Pete Rose to now being one of the most hard line supporters for his return to the game.

Source: Olbermann
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Pete Rose

I picked the wrong vice. I should have picked alcohol. I should have picked drugs or I should have picked up beating my wife or girlfriend because if you do those three, you get a second chance. They haven't given too many gamblers a second chance in the world of baseball.

Source: CBS Sports
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Barry Larkin

He admittedly said he gambled on the game. I go to the Hall of Fame and I look, and I see 4,256 hits, and I see the Hit King and things that commemorate what (Rose) did in his career. And I really believe that's probably what's going to happen with many of the guys that have that kind of (steroid/PED) allegation along with them.

Source: The New York Daily News
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Tony Perez

I would love to see it [Rose reinstated.] I agree with what he says. He's a different guy now. He's changed. I believe it. He knows he made a big mistake. He apologized late but he's doing it.

Source: Palm Beach Post
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Joe Morgan

I think if you're going to allow guys with PEDs on the ballot, then we have to allow him [Rose] to be on the ballot. Let's face it, he's been punished for 24 years. I think they have to take a second look at Pete now that this has come out.

Source: USA Today
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Pete Rose

I don't like to say this. Because I'm not whining now, it's just the way it is. The last time I checked, the guy who shot the pope got a second chance. He shot the pope. He got a second chance. I bet on my own team to win. And I can't get a second chance.

Source: Long Island Newsday
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Dan Patrick

I just want his name on the ballot, let the writers decide [after that.] He's over 70, who stained the game more, Rose, or these guys using PEDs?

Source: The Dan Patrick Show
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Mike Schmidt

Never will his hit record be broken, never will there be a player who can set the tone of a series simply by diving into a base, never will there be a player who will play in more winning games, never will there be a player who can affect the careers of those around him in such a positive way. There will never be another Pete Rose

Source: Fox News
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Pete Rose

For me to sit here and tell you that I wouldn't want to go into the Hall of Fame, I would be the stupidest ---- in the world. Every player should want to go to his or her Hall of Fame. I'm the one who messed up. So if I want to go beat my head into the ground, I'll beat my head. But I can't sit here and blame Bart [Giamatti] or blame Bud. I put those guys in a tough position.

Source: New York Newsday
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