Re: This Is Pete Rose's Corked Bat
There are a lot of nuances to this story.
For one thing, I believe it's been established that corking a bat does NOT help a hitter. Quite the opposite.
I think it was mythology that corked bats were more powerful and many players bought into it. And as WOY and many others have said, it's one of many things players have done over the years to try to get an edge.
So, unlike many other transgressions, such as scuffing a ball, this one doesn't really help you.
The intent and willingness to cheat, bend the rules, look for an edge.... whatever you decide to call it...the intent was there with anyone who uses a corked bat.
It's just not as effective as they think it is. And it doesn't taint any record, as in a performance enhancing drug or scuffing the ball, as it just doesn't improve your performance or help pad your records.
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