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President Trump calls for Pete Rose to be reinstated


Noted sports fan Donald Trump has thoughts about Pete Rose’s bid for reinstatement.


Rose recently sent MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred a new petition to be welcomed back into baseball’s good graces, citing the recent lack of punishment for players involved with the Astros’ cheating scandal as proof that his crimes do not meet the levels of odiousness to keep him out of the game. Rose, of course, was banned from baseball for gambling on games he managed for the Reds.

President Trump was in his 30’s during Rose’s prime, so he was likely quite plugged in to the latest exploits of the Big Red Machine. Yet as Craig explained in the piece I linked to above, Rose is pretty wrong here and has little to no shot of being reinstated. While I agree with Charlie Hustle that the Astros’ players probably should have received some sort of punishment for their actions, that doesn’t change that Rose broke what’s long been considered to be baseball’s golden rule. Some argue that it’s impossible to tell the story of baseball in Cooperstown without the all-time hits leader, but I’d say that the Hall of Fame seems to be doing just fine without him.

The President has tweeted support for Rose on numerous occasions, and in 2016 showed off a signed baseball on which Rose urged him to “Please make America great again.”

Rose will probably have to stick with writing “I’m sorry I bet on baseball” when he signs autographs in Las Vegas.

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Jim Edmonds being tested for coronavirus

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Longtime Angels and Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds shared on his Instagram story that he is being tested for coronavirus.

The four-time All-Star, who now works as a broadcaster for Fox Sports Midwest, has not posted an update on the results of his test.

If you want to learn more about COVID-19 or think you might need to be tested, give the CDC’s site about the virus a read. Informing yourself is the most important step. Washing your hands and staying home, if possible, is the best way to protect yourself.

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