At 79-years old, Pete Rose probably recognizes his chances of getting into the baseball Hall-of-Fame are extremely slim. And if he’s no longer trying to win over the Hall, he might as well keep betting on baseball.
Joining Jim Gray on a recent special for FOX News, Rose acknowledged he still wagers on the league that banned him for life.
“Yeah. I haven’t this year yet, but I have,” Rose told Gray regarding if he still bets on baseball. “When I was betting on baseball when I got suspended, I was betting illegally on baseball. I make no more illegal bets in my life. That’s why they have casinos.”
Rose, who remains on Major League Baseball’s permanently ineligible list, seems to have accepted the fact that he won’t be removed from it, despite his numerous attempts to be reinstated.
“I screwed up,” Rose said. “I should have never did that. That’s the only mistake I’ve ever made in my life. To be honest with you. And that’s the biggest mistake. I would love to go to the Hall of Fame. Any player would. But as long as this heart is beating, I’m not going to go to the Hall of Fame.”
Rose has been on the ineligible list since 1989, but societal views of sports betting have changed immensely in recent years. Sports and betting are intertwined more than ever, and the relationship is rapidly growing with many baseball fans partaking in some form of wagering. Although an active player or manager betting on baseball would still be a major blunder, teams and leagues are fully embracing the gambling industry.
Even though Rose doesn’t have an honorary plaque in Cooperstown, the constant, ‘should Pete be in the hall-of-fame?’ debate between fans keeps his name more relevant than ever.