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Monday, March 23, 2015

Neyer: John Dowd’s Box of Illogic

Pete’s real crime? That haircut.

It was fairly common knowledge back then that Giamatti was open to a suspension for Rose if the Reds manager would admit to gambling on baseball and enter treatment for his gambling addiction.

Yet, according to Dowd, it went further than that. Dowd now says he and Giamatti worked with federal prosecutors and even the FBI to work out a deal that any pending charges for tax evasion against Rose would be dropped if he came clean.

In addition, FBI agents worked behind the scenes to ensure that Rose’s gambling debts with the New Jersey loan sharks and bookies that numbered in the hundreds of thousands would be forgiven, Dowd now says.

Got all that? If you believe Dowd, Rose’s real crime wasn’t the gambling; it’s that he wouldn’t accept a plea bargain.

Sorry, but you can’t have it both ways. You cannot, as an investigator or Commissioner or whomever, argue that a crime is so terrible that the ultimate punishment is absolutely necessary, then argue in the next breath that simply admitting the crime would justify a significantly lesser punishment.

 


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Neyer: The Hall of Fame and the meaning of forever

we should at least be allowed to discuss what removing a few people from the Hall of Fame would look like. All of which I bring up only because the very idea of such a thing seems so difficult for some to even consider.

Why so difficult? I don’t think it’s about fairness. Nearly everyone who’s actually studied the question believes that electing Chick Hafey to the Hall of Fame was a mistake; a mistake, I would argue, that’s actually unfair to the Hall of Famers who deserve to be there, on the merits.

No, I think it’s difficult to consider excising Hall of Famers because the idea touches a deep, dark reality that we prefer to ignore: Nothing lasts forever… But what if we acknowledge the inevitability of change, perhaps even embrace that inevitability? Suddenly all sort of possibilities appear… Once you’ve got a list, then you can ask some smart people to review the list with a great deal of care.

Oh, and by the way? Nobody’s on the list while they’re still living. So don’t worry, Goose Gossage, Rollie Fingers, and Bruce Sutter: Nobody even thinks about questioning your legacy until you’ve been gone for five years. Or 10. Or 20. Hell, I don’t really care. Make it 50 if you want, so even your children don’t have to worry about it.

Your children’s children, though? Apologies, but at some point the grandchildren have to find their own ways, without any help from those plaques in Cooperstown.

 

The District Attorney Posted: December 04, 2014 at 04:43 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, rob neyer

 

 

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