Friday, January 9, 2004

Rose's sincerity questioned

Morgan, others suggest Hit King doing more harm than good

By John Erardi
The Cincinnati Enquirer

NEW YORK - Pete Rose could be on a team down 10 runs in the ninth inning with Sandy Koufax working on a no-hitter, and believe in his heart that the Reds would pull it out, former major league slugger Ken "Hawk" Harrelson once said.

Well, that famous Rose resolve is being tested again, and he can't wait much longer for a rally. The reviews of his contrition and remorse - or more correctly, his lack thereof - are pouring in, and almost none are favorable. And some truly sting. Former Big Red Machine teammate Joe Morgan, who has spoken on Rose's behalf in the past in the hopes that Rose would come clean, panned Rose's apology in a short article Morgan wrote Thursday for

"I know I haven't seen a genuine apology from Pete yet," Morgan wrote.

It particularly galled Morgan that Rose made his confession that he bet on baseball in a book .

"Writing a book is the easy way out - plus you profit from it," Morgan wrote.

Jayson Stark, a national baseball writer and commentator, wrote on Thursday that in light of all the fallout, it will be November - at the earliest - that baseball commissioner Bud Selig would reinstate Rose, and perhaps he never will. Stark said Rose has damaged himself with fans, with members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, which votes for who gets elected to the Hall of Fame, with the Hall of Fame itself (Rose's "confession" that he bet on baseball overshadowed the elections of Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor on Tuesday) and with Selig.

"He's done a lot of damage to himself in the court of public opinion - and that's the court he's always thrived in," Stark quoted an official in the commissioner's office who didn't want his name used.

Odds long for Rose reinstatement Sportsbook and Casino has released odds on the status of Pete Rose's reinstatement to Major League Baseball.

After 14 years of denying allegations of placing wagers on pro baseball and more specifically on the Cincinnati Reds, Rose confessed in his new book, My Prison Without Bars.

The public has three options on which to wager: Full reinstatement, Hall of Fame eligibility only, and no reinstatement. No reinstatement is the favorite at 1-2 odds, Hall of Fame only is 3-2, and full reinstatement is the long shot at 8-1.

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