Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has denied Pete Rose’s request to be reinstated. He cited gambling as the main reason why he’s chosen to deny number 14’s latest formal push to return to the game. Meanwhile, Manfred endorses baseball’s marriage to sports’ betting entities FanDuel and DraftKings. Legality isn’t morality, as creative moralists know.
Rose violated baseball’s rules and wasn’t forthright about having done so. He agreed to the ban issued by then-Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti in August, 1989. Rose knew that he had a right to apply for reinstatement in the future. But, he also realized that there was no guarantee of actually being reinstated, though he must have believed he would be at some point.
Rose never should have bet on the game, period. Any statements offered on his behalf, that claim he only bet to win, represent an open endorsement of bad behavior, which also reveals something about said defender’s own lack of integrity. His actions, now having been proven to touch 1985, when he was still an active player, also birth the legitimate question: Did he bet against his own team while he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies or Montreal Expos, while working as a player-manager for the Reds (1984-1989), or while managing the Reds after he retired as a player? Objectors use full emotional logic when rejecting that legitimate question.
Manfred heads a massive conglomerate that needs to feed a two-headed beast, team owners and the player’s union. Both monsters on the same bird of baseball prey have an insatiable lust for money, money and more money. So, legalized gambling (sports betting), intentionally propagandized as ‘fantasy baseball’, has recently become the approved drug of choice. It’s pushed to fans, baiting their inner demons, in order to suck even more coin from their soulless wallets.
Rose isn’t entitled to MLB reinstatement, or a chance to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot, which is a separate issue and entity. Obviously, the ‘Hit King’ has profited from his status as a maligned outsider. However, ‘Charlie Hustle’s’ ongoing banishment is absurd because of baseball’s illicit marriage with digital bookmakers. Manfred and anyone who was involved in this week’s decision can’t claim to have the best interests of baseball in mind where Peter Edward Rose is concerned. The head of this family and whoever he consulted, have their own interests in mind, as the man with the most hits in history remains barred from a business that continues to be rigged from the inside.