One of the biggest scandals in the history of baseball happened in 1989, when Pete Rose was banned from the sport for life after he was found guilty of betting on baseball games, which meant he was ineligible to be elected into the Hall of Fame.
Rose, whose 4,256 career hits are an MLB record, has attempted for more than 20 years to get that ruling overturned. Along the way and with the passing of time, many have voiced their support for letting Rose back into baseball.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda, however, is not among those people. In an interview with 120 sports, the 87 year old was asked whether he thought Rose deserved to be elected into the Hall of Fame. To that, Lasorda replied:
I think he should not allow [Rose] to be in the Hall of Fame because of what he done.”
Lasorda was then asked if he would at least support letting Rose back into the game in another capacity, to which Lasorda also shot down:
No good, no good. Look at those guys, look at the [1919 American League Champion] White Sox. They got suspended from baseball, never allowed to come back again because they were set up to lose the game.”
Eight players from the 1919 White Sox — nicknamed the “Black Sox” — were banned from baseball for life after they were found guilty of intentionally losing World Series games in exchange for money from gamblers. Among those players was “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, whose .356 career batting average is third-highest all-time.
Rose’s offense was far less severe, as he was never found to lose any games intentionally. Many believe he has a better chance to be allowed back into the game now that Rob Manfred is the new commissioner of baseball.
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