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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Rose and thorn…spinning, spinning, spinning.
The questioner noted, as many Rose supporters do, that some people who have used performance-enhancing drugs may get into the Hall of Fame while Rose will not.
If the questioner was looking for a sympathetic reply from Bench, he didn’t get one.
Bench said that he has been on three committees that spelled out ways that Rose could be taken off the ineligible list and make himself eligible to be voted into the Hall of Fame and said: “He failed to do it every time.”
He also talked about how if Rose was voted into the Hall of Fame, rules wouldn’t matter, and implied it would be sending the wrong message.
As for his former Big Red Machine teammate Pete Rose, Bench, a two-time MVP and 14-time all-star, is not one of the many who believe it’s an injustice he’s not in the Hall of Fame.
“I’ve been on three committees that have drawn up ways for Pete to get on the nonrestricted list and Pete’s failed to do it every time,” Bench said. “The question always is: Do you believe Pete should be in the Hall of Fame. And I ask ‘Do you have kids?’ [If Rose is in] you can tell them that there are no more rules. We’ve all had to abide by rules.”
Posted: November 22, 2012 at 07:05 AM | 56 comment(s)
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