Re: Selig mulling pardon for Rose
Originally Posted by westofyou
Pete Rose used Greenies, he admitted it in an interview in 1980
Now ask yourself, how many times was a game affected by Pete Roses drug use and how many games were affected by Pete Roses gambling habit.
Which one affects the game more?
You can't ask that question without knowing for a fact that he intentionally lost games. Many players in that era admitted to using Greenies. In context, it doesn't make for a valid argument and is an issue that should be handled separately. Baseball would not hold up through a witch hunt trying to find players from that era that used any form of PEDs. The reason the current PED problem has become such a big issue is becasue it was exposed to the public while many sacred records were being broken. Players must be punished because they made baseball look stupid. They should be punished because they cheated, but ultimately the only way to move on is prevention, not just punishing as it arises. I don't like what Pete did, and I feel like he deserves harsh punishment, but I think it is only fair to give him a second chance after 20 years if we give current players a second chance after only 50 games. Trying to call one worse than the other is splitting hairs, after all, is gambling without proving he threw games 65 times worse than what ARod, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa did to this game? I don't think so.
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