Cheaters and the Hall of Fame
April 7, 2014
Cheaters and the Hall of Fame
Should there be a difference in punishment between the use of performance enhancing drugs and gambling in the sport of baseball. In baseballs long and great history there has been two scandals that have given baseball a black eye. One being the story of Pete Rose, and the other being the story of Barry Bonds.” After a Hall of Fame worthy career, rumors began to circulate that Pete Rose manger of the Cincinnati Reds was gambling on baseball”. (Allen 2012) After an investigation Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life. Even though he never admitted to betting on ...view middle of the document...
But both Barry Bonds and Pete Rose Both cheated the game of baseball and should never be allowed into the Hall of Fame.
Pete Rose started his baseball career in 1960 when he was sign by the Reds as an amateur free agent. He played in the minors where he was nicknamed Charlie Hustle by Whitey Ford after he sprinted to first base after drawing a walk till 1963 when he made his major leagues debut. During his rookie season he hit .273 and won National League Rookie of the Year Award. He went on to play for 24 seasons and was selected to 17 All Star games, won 2 Gold Gloves, voted NL MVP 1973, 3 time World Series Champion , 1975 World Series MVP, and holds numerous other achievements. He holds records for career hits at 4,256, games played at 3,563, most career at bats with 14,053, and is the only player in history to play 500 games at 5 different positions. In 1984 he was named player/manger after being traded for the Montreal Expos Back to the Reds. In 1986 he unofficially retired as player and continue to be the manager for the team till 1989. (New World Encyclopedia, 2011). He was one of the best players of his time and right as he was retiring Barry Bonds was coming into the league.
Barry Bonds was draft by the Pittsburg Pirates 1986. That year he hit 16 home runs, 48 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. In 1990 Bonds won his first MVP award hitting .301 with 33 home runs and 114 RBIs, he also stole 52 base which was third in the league and become the first member of the 30-30 club. That year he also won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award. Barry Bonds would go on to play for 21 seasons and was selected to 14 All Star games, won 8 Gold Gloves , 12 Silver Slugger Awards, 7 NL MVPs, and 3 Hank Aaron Awards. (Wikipedia.org, n.d). He would also go on to break the single season record for home runs with 73 and go on to pass Hank Aaron Career record for home Runs with 762. He also has the record for the most walks and intentional walks in baseball. He was one of the best players to play the game during his time.
Both Barry Bonds and Pete Rose were on top on their game during their time. Towards the later parts of their career information would come out that would give their careers a black eye.
In 1989 amid reports of Pete Rose had bet on baseball while the manager of the Cincinnati Reds and led to a investigation by baseball. During the investigation two of Pete Rose’s associates corroborated that he on baseball starting in 1985 including 52 Reds games in 1987, at a minimum of $ 10,000 a day. In August of 1989 an agreement was reach by baseball to ban Pete Rose from baseball for life making him permanently ineligible in baseball. (Barzilai, 2008).
In 2003 during a raid of...