Time to put Rose back into the game

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 11, 2014 

In the April 9 paper, a paragraph in the sports section entitled "On This Date" caught my eye. It told about Leo Durocher, former Brooklyn Dodgers manager, who in 1947 was suspended from baseball for one year for being "linked to gambling interests."

It got me to thinking about the many connected to major league baseball who broke the rules and were punished in varying degrees.

Who can forget Yankees pitcher Steve Howe, who in 1992 was banned from baseball for life for repeated drug use, only to be reinstated by an independent arbiter.

And how about the many steroid cheats who received 50-game suspensions, and the worst of them, Alex Rodriguez, who received a one-season suspension?

Yet these steroid cheaters appear annually on the Hall of Fame ballots while one of the greatest players in history is denied.

Twenty-five years ago, Pete Rose, the man who has more hits than anyone in the history of baseball, was banished for life from the game.

Isn't it time for him to be forgiven and reinstated? Absolutely.

After all, isn't that the American way?

Steven Cole

Sun City Hilton Head

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