How About Another Rose for Valentine’s Day?

How About Another Rose for Valentine’s Day?

Now, this is something I can get behind…
Pete Rose 
asked Major League Baseball yesterday (February 5th) to end his lifetime ban, saying the punishment is unfair compared with what’s been given for steroids and the recent sign stealing scandal, which had been limited suspensions of months or a year. The application says, “The time has come to recognize that Mr. Rose’s penalty has become grossly disproportionate relative to Major League Baseball’s treatment of severe wrongdoing by ownership, management and players.” Rose received the ban in 1989 after an investigation found he’d placed bets on the Cincinnati Reds to win from 1985 to 1987 while playing for and managing the team. The petition says that there was never any claim that Rose’s misconduct was meant to get a competitive advantage over other teams, but that wasn’t true of the steroids and sign stealing scandals, saying, “They have intentionally and dramatically affected the results of plays and games, including the outcomes of two consecutive World Series.” Rose has asked for his lifetime ban to be ended before, and was most recently turned down in 2015. At the time, Commissioner Rob Manfred said that Rose had not, quote, “presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing . . . or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of all the circumstances that led to his permanent ineligibility.”

(AP)

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