Joe Morgan, the Hall of Fame second baseman who’s also vice chairman of the Hall of Fame, doesn’t want anyone associated with doping to ever set foot in the museum. Yet, Morgan says Rose deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“I think if you’re going to allow guys with PEDs on the ballot,” Morgan told USA TODAY Sports, “then we have to allow him to be on the ballot. Let’s face it, he’s been punished for 24 years. I think they have to take a second look at Pete now that this has come out.”
...“We have to get these people to understand that if you make mistakes, people will forgive you if you come forward,” Rose told USA TODAY Sports. “Don’t do like I did. Don’t do like Braun did. Don’t do like A-Rod did. I wish I had come forward a long time ago.”
It may have been the wisest words Rose has uttered in a quarter-century, former Commissioner Fay Vincent says.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever heard him recognize the reality of the situation,” Vincent, the deputy commissioner during the Rose suspension, told USA TODAY Sports. “If he had done this 25 ago, or was better advised, it might be different for him. But he handled it as badly as a person can handle it. He kept talking about how we mistreated him and how his rights were violated. But never once did he say, ‘I did it.’
“A-Rod is making the same mistake. If he just said he did it, if he just said, ‘I’m sorry,’ it might be different for him. But he’s following the same pattern as Rose. Ten years from now, he’ll have an entire different story.”
Posted: August 13, 2013 at 08:55 AM | 93 comment(s)
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