By Annie Ross
For those of you who think the Supreme Court’s decision last week to essentially make sports betting possible in all 50 states will help Pete Rose get into the Hall of Fame:
Nope. Think again.
Rose, the ex-Phillie, is the most infamous gambler in baseball history.
And that’s saying something, given that Arnold Rothstein fixed the 1919 World Series!.
Rose is banned from MLB for life, a punishment he agreed to, for betting on baseball. There are legions of Rose supporters who believe he should not only be reinstated by MLB but also beamed over to Cooperstown for an immediate Hall of Fame ceremony.
Just because the government is reconsidering its stance on sports gambling, that doesn’t mean MLB has to. Nor does it change the scope of what Rose did — because he broke MLB’s rules, not the U.S. government’s.