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Pete Rose, citing the Astros, asks for reinstatement

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ESPN is reporting that, this morning, Pete Rose sent a petition to the MLB commissioner’s office asking to be reinstated. The justification: that, in light of Houston Astros players not being punished for the sign-stealing stuff, Rose’s lifetime ban is “vastly disproportionate.”

From the petition:

“There cannot be one set of rules for Mr. Rose and another for everyone else. No objective standard or categorization of the rules violations committed by Mr. Rose can distinguish his violations from those that have incurred substantially less severe penalties from Major League Baseball.”

Rose, as always, is full of crap here.

He’s full of crap, mostly, because this is an apples and oranges situation. The Astros players not being punished for the sign-stealing stuff came pursuant to an agreed-upon standard between Rob Manfred and the Players’ Association. Rose’s permanent ban from baseball came pursuant to baseball’s explicit rules — rules that are literally posted on the wall of every clubhouse in the game — which are likewise incorporated by reference in all player and managerial contracts. As such, there is no more a double standard being employed here than there is for the justice system having two different sentencing guidelines for tax evasion and capital murder.

Rose, as he has done several times in the past, likewise notes that PED users have received less punishment that he did. Again, Rose would do best to shut up here.

He’d do best to shut up because it is well-documented that Rose took amphetamines as a player, and they are clearly performance-enhancing. It’s well-documented that Paul Janzen, the man who, according to the Dowd Report, was Rose’s primary bet-placer was also a steroids dealer. It’s well-documented that one of Rose’s best friends during his gambling days was a minor leaguer, Tommy Gioiosa, who was a heavy steroids user who shot up in front of Pete and to whom Pete constantly asked questions about steroids and PEDs, contemplating using them to extend his already lengthy career. A lengthy career that had him eke just past Ty Cobb for the hit record, so maybe Rose’s claims about the integrity of the game are garbage.

And all of that is before we get to the fact that, morally, ethically and cosmically, Rose has a lot more darkness in his past than I presume he admitted to in this morning’s petition.

This, as always, is opportunism from Rose. He’s using the Astros stuff as a means of raising his own profile for what I’m sure he knows by now is a doomed effort to be reinstated. He’s likely doing so in order to get in front of more microphones and cameras which, in turn, is good for the business of being Pete Rose, which is being a public figure who uses grievance and visibility in order to make a lot of money signing autographs and making personal appearances. That’s a rather pathetic place for one of the game’s greatest players to be in, but is a place in which he willingly put himself through his own actions, his own lies, and his own disregard for rules and laws.

I predict Rob Manfred will dismiss Rose’s petition faster than Rose can fill out a parlay card.

Rumor: MLB execs discussing 100-game season that would begin July 1

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Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.

In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.

Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.

Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.