Pete Rose Belongs On The Outside Looking In!

Erik DianaCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2009

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 2: Baseball legend Pete Rose watches the fight between James Toney and Samuel Peter during their WBC heavyweight title elimination/NABF & IBA heavyweight championship fight at Staples Center on September 2, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Dear Bud Selig:

I am taking the time out of my night to write to you. I beg you, please, do not for the love of all that is good, let Pete Rose be reinstated into baseball. He broke the one unbreakable rule in baseball. You have to rule with an iron fist on this one!

Mr. Selig, he committed the unpardonable sin in baseball: Pete Rose bet on baseball. Case closed! He has to be banished for life! Hank Aaron is wrong on this one!

As you and I know baseball is very reflective of its history. You have argued that Jackie Robinson's integration into baseball was one of the most dynamic happenings for civil rights. I agree with your logic on that one because it was decades before Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr and President Obama.

I know you love baseball, Mr. Selig. In fact, one day I want to have your job. It's my dream because of how much I love baseball. But you know the rules, Mr. Selig. Pete Rose has to be banned forever. He has to be persona non-grata!

If you break a decades-old rule for one cheater how can you stand vigilant against the steroid users who have harmed baseball? Plus, you do realize that there are many other forms of gambling that your players could get involved in?

The Internet is ripe with fantasy leagues and betting pools for sports. Long gone are the days that a gangster would come to a baseball players table when he was out to dinner and bribe him with money to fix games.

I understand that the Reserve Clause is no longer in effect and players salaries are exponentially greater than they were a century ago, but the principle is still the same. You can't bend the rules for anyone on this matter, Mr. Selig.

Your predecessor Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis banished 14 people after the Black Sox scandal in 1919. Gambling and the riddance of gambling has been a foundation piece of the labor history of baseball.

I know people clamor that the Hall of Fame is tainted because he is not in it. I agree. Pete Rose tarnished baseball and his decisions ultimately tarnished the Hall of Fame. He did this to himself. No one made Pete Rose gamble on baseball.

Mr. Selig, Major League Baseball takes gambling so seriously that you can get caught using steroids three times before lifetime banishment kicks in. If a player gets caught gambling once he's supposed to be banished for life. This is no joking matter!

Not only did he commit the one sin that can't be committed he lied over and over and over and over and over again about it! He and Jim Gray ruined Game 2 of the 1999 World Series and the naming of the All Century Team. Furthermore, Chad Curtis wouldn't talk to Jim Gray after Game 3 of the 1999 World Series because Paul O'Neill had such respect for Pete Rose. (Also, what makes Rose's actions even more disgusting is that he made Jim Gray look like a genius!)

Also, what makes Pete Rose more nauseating is the fact that instead of taking what he did seriously he decided to try and make a few bucks with his confession for gambling on baseball. He published a book and tried to garner publicity for it by admitting that he bet on baseball. He disgraced the game of baseball and himself once again by his actions.

I know the people that think he should be in the Hall of Fame say that he will forever be tarnished and nothing will change that. I agree with that. Pete Rose should be tarnished forever and still banished from baseball! His actions warrant this explicitly, Mr. Selig!


Erik Diana