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President Trump calls for Pete Rose to be reinstated

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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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Chris Sale to start the season in the injured list

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Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said this morning that Chris Sale won’t be ready for the start of the season. He’ll begin the year on the injured list.

The reason is not, Roenicke says, his rehabbed elbow directly. It’s that he’s been sidelined with pneumonia and is thus a couple of weeks behind in his preparation. Roenicke, as paraphrased by Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe, said that it was “unfair” to give sale “just four starts” this spring.

Which, as Rotoworld’s Matthew Pouliot observes, is kind of strange because Sale’s last four spring trainings have consisted of three, five, four and two starts, respectively, yet he has been deemed ready to go each year. Pouliot also notes that, if he was truly only a couple of weeks behind, as Roenicke says, he’d be ramped up to about four innings per outing or so by the time the bell rings as opposed to six, maybe, and that that’s not an unusual level of stamina for a starter in this day and age given the changes in bullpen usage. Ideal for Sale? Maybe not, but not the sort of thing one would expect to result in an IL stint to start the year.

An overabundance of caution informed by the fact that, well, the Red Sox aren’t intending to compete this year? A change in philosophy under the Red Sox’ interim new manager? Or is there something going on with Sale’s health at the moment?