Few baseball players have lived in such infamy as Pete Rose, the former Cincinnati Reds great and MLB all-time leader in hits who was banned from baseball after betting on the game. Now, Rose has a word of advice for the players recently suspended after MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis: own up and apologize.
"We have to get these people to understand that if you make mistakes, people will forgive you if you come forward," Rose told USA Today Sports. "Don't do like I did. Don't do like [Ryan] Braun did. Don't do like A-Rod did."
"I wish I had come forward a long time ago. Some guys came forward, like [Jason] Giambi, like [Andy] Pettitte. And they went on with their lives. They're playing and they're making good money, and there's no shadow upon them right now."
13 players, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun. were recently suspended for obtaining performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis, a Miami-based anti-aging clinic. Rodriguez was suspended for the rest of the 2013 season and the entirety of the 2014 season, Braun was suspended for the rest of the 2013 and 11 other players were suspended for 50 games each.
Rodriguez is currently appealing his suspension, which starts Thursday, and can play while the appeal is being reviewed. Rose hopes the Yankees’ 3B, who just made his season debut after a hip injury sidelined him until Monday, has a solid end of the year. He also doesn’t understand why people are angry about his decision to play during his appeal.
"It sounds to me like he thinks he got a lot more than Ryan Braun, and basically he might have done the same thing," Rose told USA Today. "Baseball and the players' association have rules. If you stay within the rules -- which say that you can play while you're appealing -- I don't see what anyone would be in arms about."