Pete cheated on his income reported, he sold tons of stuff (ie he changed his jersey between innings during the hits record game and sold them and didn't report the income)
He manipulated cash and the folks (ie bobos) that worshipped him, he was a great ball player, he wasn't the best, he was the guy who got the most at bats, his greatness was consistency, tenacity, longevity, aggressiveness.
Unfortunately his weakness (gambling/egomania) coupled with the aforementioned created/creates a toxic batch of YEECH....something MLB will (and should) stay away from.
I LOVED Pete when he was a Red, I was number 14 in everything, when he went FA I was bummed, he came back I was happy.... But now I'm done.
I know what a scam is and Pete makes me feel played.
That said... Here's my Rose fact of the day:
Pete was a doubles machine, but Joey might have him trumped, PR had 9 seasons out of his 24 that he hit more than 36 doubles, his best year was 1978 (walk year) with 51 that was 1/14.3 pa's
Votto has 36 right now in 370 pa's, 1/10.3
BTW that 51 is the team record, Robby also had 51 in 1962, which also was the year he had the Cincinnati record for EBHs
Currently Votto is averaging an EBH every 7.4 PA and at 650 PAs (at that rate) he will still fall about 5 EBHs behind
OK back to PR the hit king and the enigma of seven hills.