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PETE ROSE, HOF: IT IS TIME TO COME TOGETHER

Posted on: May 20, 2011 3:00 am
Edited on: May 20, 2011 3:30 am
 

PETE ROSE and the HOF: IT’S TIME TO COME TOGETHER

Baseball did nothing to make players use steroids. What? Did everybody that had anything to do with Baseball hold a gun to the players head, and say hey do steroids or we are going to shoot you ? Of course not, doing steroids was a personal decision no more no less. I'm sick of people making up excuses for all the cheaters in Baseball. Is anyone else besides me sick of it? There is an old cliché that if you have to cheat to achieve then you should not be competing at all. All the cheaters make it hard for the clean players or, players that play cleanly, record setters, that during or, even after their playing career’s are well over, run into some kind of circumstance and, examples are made of the latter while the real cheaters, those cheating everyday on and, off the field to gain an unfair advantage still get to play and continue cheating while still creating that unfair afore mentioned advantage, that’s what is disgraceful. There are clean players in the circle of Greatness. Someone made a reference about Frank Thomas “that we don't know for sure if he is clean”. Well he is, he was big and strong in high school, in college, and in MLB. Nothing has changed that from the first time he picked up a bat. There are others, Ken Griffey JR. has never had the need to use steroids. His ultra fast bat speed and that sweetest of swings is all he has ever needed.. Griffey on a number of occasions throughout his career has volunteered to be tested and was a few times. Just to prove he was clean. He has never been anything else but clean. Should the cheaters be forbidden to enter the HOF in the presence of such real athletes?  I don't think so but, I think their stats should be adjusted. It's not fair in any situation that a great overall hitter like Hank Aaron and his home run record be held by a cheater. I don't think it's fair that a great player and, even greater person like Roger Maris (I knew MR. Maris as a young teen ager) have his Single Season home run record held by the same cheater that holds Hank Aaron’s overall Home Run record. I know I'm going back in time somewhat, but this should be brought up again and, again until both of the players the rest of this article is Devoted to take their rightful place in the HOF.( Pete Rose, Shoeless Joe Jackson)

 Should the all time hit king Pete Rose be banned from the HOF for something that had absolutely nothing to do with his days on the field as a player?  Day in and day out he would be the first one at the club house, and the last one to leave and, play his heart out every second of every game. Charlie Hustle appeared in 6 World Series winning three of them (2 WITH Reds-1 WITH Phillies). HE was an MVP, ROY, 17 times an All Star, and won three batting titles, he had a career 300+ BA, a  great team leader as well. He is banned from baseball for something that happened well after his playing days were over. That is my biggest gripe, to get banned from the HOF while managing and leave Pete's great accomplishments as a player on the field laying in a trash heap.  On the field Pete was squeaky clean and i challenge anyone who thinks different to prove other wise. Pete Rose play baseball (MLB) for 22+ years and, gave fans some of the most exciting play year after year as any player in major league base ball history. Love him or hate him, you have to respect Pete Rose as a player. It would be a sad, sad thing for Pete to pass away and, not see his bust, deservingly so along side the other greats of base ball history in Canton, Ohio in the HOF.

OK while I'm at it I have another gripe that goes back to 1919.Yes you probably have already guessed the Chicago White Sox World Series scandal or Black Sox scandal which ever you prefer. Eight Chicago White Sox players were paid $1,000 dollars apiece to throw the 1919 World Series. Of them was one of the greatest players to ever play Baseball, Shoeless Joe Jackson. The other seven knew what they were getting into however Jackson did not. He was told the money was a bonus for making it to the World Series. Everyone involved knew he would not do anything to throw the series. Later a team mate told Shoeless Joe what was going on, you see Shoeless Joe Jackson was illiterate, he could not read, barely could write his own name so he was an easy victim. I mean how much of a threat could an illiterate man be to the gamblers involved? What Joe Jackson lacked in education he more than made up for with integrity and savvy, so he (Joe Jackson) went back to the gamblers who set this up. Gave the money back and told them that he did not want any part of throwing the World Series. Of course the gamblers were being backed by the gangsters of Chicago financially and, this was the heyday of gangsters. You know the kind that would stop a car and step out with a 45 caliber “Tommy Gun” and, dish out to you the ultimate pay back for double crossing them. That did not deter Shoeless Joe Jackson. He went on to have one of the best personal performances in his World Series appearances. After the White Sox lost to Cincinnati in 9 Games, it was found out the 1919 Worlds Series had been thrown. Shoeless Joe Jackson took his case to court. Some of his team mates involved in the scandal testified on Joe's behalf that he had done nothing wrong in the World Series. His numbers backed up their claim .Shoeless Joe had 12 hits, scored 5 runs had 6 RBI, batted for a .375 avg., and his fielding percentage was 1.000.Joe Jackson was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. About half way through the 1920 Baseball Season, Joe was on a roll leading the league with a .385 batting average when the first commissioner of Baseball was elected, KENESAW MOUNTAIN LANDIS. His first act as commissioner was a life time ban from Baseball for the players involved in the 1919 World Series scandal. Even Shoeless Joe Jackson who had been acquitted from this act. I’m sorry if you found this small history lesson in Baseball was boring but it had to be told to get to my point. That player's who did absolutely nothing wrong on the field of play are banned from Baseball for life. But the cheaters or most of them anyway, will retire and become eligible and be enshrined in to the Hall Of Fame. Do you think this is right? Me... I think you know how I feel. How do you feel?  I would love opinions, positive or negative, you can leave can leave feedback at this e_ mail address: gman13_05@live.com

I said that I wasn’t going to put a bunch of stats on here, but after seeing the number of records that Pete Rose actually broke (ML & NL), in good conscious I had to add them. One more thing about Pete, Long Live The Hit King.

 

# Major League records:

 

    * Most career hits - 4,256

    * Most career outs - 10,328

    * Most career games played - 3,562

    * Most career at bats - 14,053

    * Most career singles - 3,215

    * Most career runs by a switch hitter - 2,165

    * Most career doubles by a switch hitter - 746

    * Most career walks by a switch hitter - 1,566

    * Most career total bases by a switch hitter - 5,752

    * Most seasons of 200 or more hits - 10

    * Most consecutive seasons of 100 or more hits - 23

    * Most consecutive seasons with 600 or more at bats - 13 (1968–1980)

    * Most seasons with 600 at bats - 17

    * Most seasons with 150 or more games played - 17

    * Most seasons with 100 or more games played - 23

    * Record for playing in the most winning games - 1,972

    * Only player in major league history to play more than 500 games at five different positions - 1B (939), LF (671), 3B (634), 2B (628), RF (595)

 

 

National League records:

 

    * Most years played - 24

    * Most consecutive years played - 24

    * Most career runs - 2,165

    * Most career doubles - 746

    * Most career games with 5 or more hits - 10

    * Modern (post-1900) record for longest consecutive game hitting streak - 44

    * Modern record for most consecutive hitting streaks of 20 or more games - 7

 

On April 23, 1964, in the top of the ninth inning of a scoreless game in Colt Stadium, Rose reached first base on an error and scored on another error to make Houston Astros Ken Johnson the first pitcher to lose a complete game no-hitter

 

WRITTEN BY: CARLOS R. GRUBB

DATE: 05/ 15/ 2011          References: Wikipedia, PETE ROSE (the book), 100 years of base ball. And of course, my own experiences watching Pete Rose play at River Front stadium.

 

 

 

 





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PETE ROSE, HOF: IT IS TIME TO COME TOGETHER

Sorry all but, as i was listing tags and, references, the blog mysteriously posted it's self. At least the blog is up, most important thing to me as now. Again i am sorry.


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