Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Farrell Favors Putting Pete Rose In Hall Of Fame

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Red Sox manager John Farrell weighed in on the renewed Pete Rose controversy today. New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated that he will 'consider' re-instating Rose from his 'lifetime' ban for gambling on baseball while manager of the Reds. Said Farrell, "From my standpoint, there's an integrity of the game element that has got to be upheld. But a great player. I see no reason why he shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame." Sorry, John, faulty logic on your part. For our part, we like to use the Garden of Eden analogy regarding Rose. It's pretty clear that Adam and Eve (last names unclear) were explicitly warned that there was one thing in the Garden they could not eat from—The Tree Of Knowledge. Everything else was Kosher (so to speak). And what did those crazy kids do? We all know the answer—and we all know the punishment that came down upon them (sort of the ultimate "lifetime ban"). Similarly, every clubhouse at every level of baseball has an explicit posted warning about gambling on the game—it's the one thing you absolutely cannot do. Rose did it. End of story.