Posted July 26, 2013

Pete Rose to PED cheaters: ‘Come clean as quickly as you possibly can’

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All-time hits leader Pete Rose says baseball will catch up with the cheaters. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

All-time hits leader Pete Rose says baseball will catch up with the cheaters. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

All-time MLB hits leader Pete Rose is still banned for life by baseball for gambling on games as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Even though he has filed for reinstatement on several occasions, the door to being back in baseball’s good graces and the Hall of Fame is still shut.

Rose had some advice for suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun and others who are using performance enhancing drugs or being suspected of using.

“Come clean as quickly as you possibly can,” Rose said to USA Today. “I guess Braun thought he was going to get away with it when he got off the hook the first time. I wish I could go around to all the spring training camps and talk to the young players about what happened to me.

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Rose has been banned since 1989 and says the most important thing to baseball people are the stats. He says eventually baseball will catch up to the cheaters.

“Braun’s got to feel pretty fortunate to only get 65 games, because they’re really cracking down on it,” he said. “He did like I did. He disappointed a lot of people. Deceived a lot of people. And if you get anything out of it, I think the young players should take one thing away from it: Don’t lie. All they have to do is watch what happened to me, and that would teach you, don’t lie.”


10 comments
NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Braun came clean. he gave up $4 million and gets to collect $117 million. That is another reason to "come clean."

playLIKEyourFAKEfianceJUSTdied
playLIKEyourFAKEfianceJUSTdied

this is awesome........Pete didn't come clean till like 15 years later when he wrote a book about it and tried to cash in.........

I know one thing...don't take advice on truth telling from Pete Rose

howdythurr
howdythurr

Pete's smelling like a Rose lately...put the dude in the HOF before he dies please!!!

jcsmithmadc
jcsmithmadc

Give Pete a break!

I think he ought to go to Japan and teach them the tricks of the trade--steroids, HGH, spit-balls, etc, then when he coaches a team good enough to challenge the best MLB team, baseball ought to hold a true World Series between Japan and MLB.

I can see the headline now: "The Return of Tokyo Rose."

memCDR14
memCDR14

Pete rose was not a steroid user and when he bet on games, he bet for his team and did not "alter" the outcome of games. the usage of steroids is far more serious of a slight against the integrity of the game than what rose did. he has been sincere in his apologies and owned up to his mistakes, not to mention regretting his actions and their consequences upon him and others. players like braun on the other hand who were so smug and defiant about being clean and "having the truth on his side" after getting off on a minor technicality deserve to be severely disciplined. the same goes for players like bonds who broke one of baseball's most prestigious records with the assistance of steroids, forever leaving a dark mark on that record. yet these players remain in the league and were even placed on the hall of fame ballot? there is no way rose should be subjected to the extreme punishment that he has been faced with when steroid users get off with minimal, short term punishments. so please don't bash one of the greatest players to ever play the game just for making a dumb mistake that did not affect the integrity of the game.

S12
S12

Gee, not to mention the steroid ring you ran with, Pete.

d070033
d070033

Thanks Pete - just as soon as you come forward with every baseball game you gambled on and the exact number of times you purposely tried to alter a game for your own personal gain.  We do appreciate your attempt at representing the "morale majority".  

usameos6
usameos6

@memCDR14 However, he did cork his bat (http://deadspin.com/5555714/this-is-pete-roses-corked-bat).  He also chose to leave himself in games at first base over Nick Esasky, a more qualified player since he was a "player/manager" to ensure that he got enough ABs to break Cobb's record.  And there's no telling whether or not he did or didn't use steroids (he did admit to using amphetamines) - his son was convicted of distributing GBL and did prison time for it as well.  Rose is only getting the punishment that he agreed to in exchange for MLB terminating its investigation - and John Dowd has stated that he was pulling together information that may have shown that Rose bet against the Reds sometimes (although he has since retracted that statement as he did not have enough proof for it).