There should be no real surprise that ESPN has confirmed Pete Rose gambled as a player. What is surprising is how long it took to come out.
His nickname was Charlie Hustle. The mob must have known him as Charlie Got Hustled.
According to the report filed by ESPN, Rose had a known associate of organized crime laying bets for him as a player. Rose has said consistently for the past 26 years that he never bet on baseball as a player. He didn’t go up to the window and place a bet at the sportsbook at Caesar’s Palace; he had someone do it for him in the back alley. The bottom line is that he was a chronic gambler. That is not a crime. But when you bet on your livelihood on an almost daily basis, and the first rule of your job is not to gamble, then there has to be a screw loose.
Pete Rose has applied to new Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred to be reinstated. Manfred has assigned someone from his office to review the case. You have to now believe that this review will go up in smoke.
Rose volunteered for exclusion; he volunteered to be banned from baseball. He did so knowing that this smoking gun was out there. Pete Rose has made his bed and now finally, he will have to lie in it. It’s time for us to finally bury Pete Rose. He will be an example, just like the 1919 Chicago White Sox.
If you gamble on baseball as a player, you don’t get to play baseball. A three-year-old can grasp that concept…Pete Rose could not. Perhaps he will find consolation as he continues to sign the occasional autograph at Caesar’s Palace. He has gone from one of the greatest to play to the cautionary tale.
Charlie Hustled himself from the game.