After receiving a lifetime ban from baseball on August 23rd, 1989, Pete Rose has hoped for the day when he might get a second chance. After waiting the prescribed amount of time, Rose petitioned the league for reconsideration, but to no avail. Now, Pete Rose may have yet another case for reinstatement.
Betting on baseball is what got Rose blackballed from the sport, and ironically, it may just be what gets him back in.
Enter Aaron Judge (Yankees) and Blake Snell (Rays). What was supposed to be a well-intended gesture from the two for charity, may wind up with the pair being banned from baseball, or with Pete Rose being allowed back in. The two made a friendly $5,000.00 bet, with the loser donating the five-grand to the winner’s charity of choice. There’s just one potentially huge problem, they bet on Major League Baseball. #DOH!
Not that Judge or Snell needed a bet to donate to charity. Each makes better than $8.5M this year, so $5k is relatively nothing. Although their intent was good, the two have opened a Pandora’s box with this wager.
I never thought I’d say this, but poor Rob Manfred. Manfred hadn’t even meted out punishment for cheating to Alex Cora or to the Red Sox franchise before the COVID-19 pandemic came along, forcing Manfred to postpone the entire season. Now, he has to deal with this.
Standing on the outside of all of this and looking eagerly in, is Pete Rose.
The bet between Judge and Snell was for charity, so you wouldn’t think it would be a problem. Not that Manfred would (or should) make a huge deal of this under the circumstances, but how then can he deny Rose’s readmission?
Rose made another plea to be reinstated following the Astros’ cheating scandal. Rightfully so, as what Rose did pales in comparison. Despite gambling as a manager, Rose deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as a player. Thus far, Rob Manfred has ignored Rose’s latest requests.
If gambling on baseball means a lifetime ban, then right or wrong, Judge and Snell need to be given the same dose of medicine that Rose had to swallow. It may, however, be easier to let it go and subsequently reinstate Rose.
With everything going on regarding the pandemic, Manfred doesn’t need the bad optics that would accompany banning players who wanted to help charity.
You know the old saying, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Which is it going to be, Mr. Manfred? Is Pete Rose in, or are Judge and Snell out?
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