Pete Rose says 'I had nothing to do with altering the statistics of baseball'

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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It's the All-Star break, which means it's time for Pete Rose's annual Hall of Fame plee. Baseball's all-time hit king appeared on the CBS Sports Radio program TBD in the AM on Monday morning to, once again, state his case for induction into Cooperstown.

You can listen to the lengthy interview here: part one, part two and part three. Here is a select quote:

"What I did is bad, but PEDs are bad too. I had nothing to do with altering the statistics of baseball ... I'm the one who screwed it up, but if I get a second chance, I'll be the happiest guy in the world ... but they'll probably wait 'til I'm gone like they did with Ron Santo."

Well, Rose did write his name into the lineup everyday during his time as a player-manager with the Reds from 1984-86, when he was done as even a league-average hitter (86 OPS+ from 1982-86) and relegated to the offense-heavy position of first base. I would argue that altered the statistics of baseball.

Anyway, Rose is now 73, and it does not appear his lifetime ban will be lifted anytime soon. Maybe it will be commissioner Bud Selig's final act when he retires after the season. That would be something else.

Pete Rose is one again stating his case for the Hall of Fame.
Pete Rose is once again stating his case for the Hall of Fame. (USATSI)

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