pete rose & the hall of fame Essay

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Pete Rose & the Hall of Fame
When I go watch my Chicago Cubs at beautiful Wrigley field I am concerned with the game and what is in front of me, not what is going on off the field. I go to enjoy the game and the talent of the athletes that play. I could care less about what Sammy Sosa is doing off the field, he is the man because of his skills on the field and what he does for Americas’ past time. Last time I was sitting on the third base line and Sammy stepped up to the plate I did not think to myself “I wonder if he hits his wife like he hits a baseball,” or “he looks like a big time gambler,” I was shouting his name and clapping in support for hope of another homer being sent over the ivy covered wall. My enthusiasm was booming for
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To fans everywhere he was […] the guy who swung his heart out, ran as fast as he could to get on base, and didn't bat an eye before diving headfirst into a slide (Current Events 3). Rose is a seventeen time all-star and a World Series Most Valuable Player. He holds over seventeen major league records ranging from all-time record for most career hits-4,256, to being the only player to play more than 500 games at five different positions, first base (939), second base (628), third base (634), left field (671), and right field (595). Not only did Pete Rose play for three teams, he managed his hometown Cincinnati Reds as well. Rose was simply “Mr. Baseball” in his time.
     Many people believe strongly that Pete should not be admitted into the Hall of Fame. Ballplayers who deal with professional gamblers jeopardize the whole game of baseball (Sowell 24). It could be said if you do not want people to follow rules, then do not bother enforcing rules. Betting on a game is one of the few things strongly frowned upon in baseball. Not only did Pete bet on games, he had connections with interesting individuals like bookies, druggist, and tax evaders. Pete also denies betting till this day, fourteen years after this alleged activity. “I believe he bet on and against his team. He is an unrepentant hyena who should be horsewhipped” said Ray Ratio of Sportswriting Oracle. Still what

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