Re: Selig mulling pardon for Rose
What kind of influence does a hitting coach have on a game? I haven't ever known a hitting coach to make a game changing decision.
I know all about 1919 and Shoeless Joe and blah blah blah, but seriously, that was a different time, that was a power hungry commissioner (the first in the history of the sport), and those were greedy owners who held far more control over the sport than today's owners.
Pete Rose bet on baseball games. He bet on the team he managed to win. He was banished for it, and later (okay, much later) he admitted to it. It happened. It didn't almost destroy baseball. Fans weren't driven away from the sport because of Rose's gambling.
So many of you argue that gambling is the worst thing that can happen in professional sports, because it calls into question the legitimacy of the outcome of the game. Again, blah blah blah. We're not living in 1919, we're living in 2009, and right now, I assure you, the game of baseball is hurt far more in the eyes of the fans by the ongoing steroid and PED phenomenon. Statistics, seasons, records, championships, longevity of careers, and briefness of others...the legitimacy of all of these have been called into question in this sport, in our time.
What Pete Rose did happened, and we moved on. I don't question the multiple second place finishes of the 1980's, but I do question the all-time career homerun and single season homerun records, the all-time career homerun leaders list, and the legitimate outcome of every game played for most of the past two decades.
This is the Cal Ripkin Jr. of typos.
If you ask me to join your fantasy baseball league and I select Legolas in the first round, don't be angry at me. It's not my fault I've read up on the players and you haven't.