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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.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.