Tommy Lasorda Believes Pete Rose Should Remain Banned For Life

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 All-Star Game in Cincinnati is in the books, with some of the highlights being hometown hero Todd Frazier outdueling Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Joc Pederson in the Home Run Derby, Mike Trout hitting a lead off home run in the Mid Summer Classic and Pete Rose getting a big ovation from the Cincinnati crowd before the game.

Rose joined Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larking as the Franchise Four for the Reds and was honored before the game on the field. The all-time hits leader was banned from baseball for life in 1989 for betting on baseball. His name has again began circling lately when baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he would meet with Rose about a possible reinstatement.

According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, former Dodgers manager and longtime Dodgers ambassador Tommy Lasorda, who coached Rose in the 1978 All-Star Game, would not be ok with Rose being reinstated:

You have got to be out,” Lasorda said. “He has got to be suspended for life.”

That rule is made clear frequently to every coach and player in baseball, if you bet on the game then you are banned for life. Lasorda thinks that rule should hold no exceptions:

If you are stupid enough to go out and bet on your own team and bet on baseball, there has got to be something wrong. If my brother did it, I’d say the same thing.”

Lasorda went on to add that he and Rose are friends, but he believes there should be no exceptions.

Rose, who is baseball’s all-time hits leader with 4,256 hits in his 24-year career, is currently an analyst for Fox Sports, the closest he can get to baseball as he is not allowed to be involved with the operations of any team, and he is not eligible to be elected into the Hall of Fame.


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