August 24, 1989, Thursday, 9 a.m. Giamatti, the commissioner of baseball, steps up to a microphone in New York City.
“One of the game’s greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts,” he tells a packed room of reporters.
With that, Giamatti announces that Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader and one of history’s greatest players, has been banned from baseball for life for gambling on baseball.
“There had not been such grave allegations since the time of Landis,” Giamatti says, referring to Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the commissioner who suspended for life the Chicago White Sox players involved in the Black Sox scandal after the 1919 World Series.
The previous evening, Rose had signed a document stating that he would neither admit or deny he had gambled on baseball, that he would be banned from the game for life, but that he would be given the opportunity to apply for reinstatement.
Shortly after Giamatti holds his press conference in New York, Rose and the Reds hold theirs in Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium, announcing that Rose is no longer the Reds manager because of his banishment from the game, and that one of his coaches, Tommy Helms, will be taking over.
At the news conference, Rose continues to deny he gambled on baseball, despite the enormous amount of incriminating evidence.
“Despite what the commissioner said today, I didn’t bet on baseball,” he tells the media. He does, however, admit that he bet on other sports. “I made some mistakes and I’m being punished for mistakes,” he says.
Back in New York, Giamatti is convinced that Rose has gambled on the game that has made him rich and famous. “In absence of evidence to the contrary . . . yes, I have concluded that he bet on baseball,” Giamatti says. He is asked directly if he has concluded that Rose bet on his own team, Giamatti says, “Yes.”
Back in Cincinnati, Rose, holder of 19 major league records and now the 15th person banned for life in baseball history and the first since 1943, insists “I don’t think I have a gambling problem at all.”
The city of Cincinnati is in mourning. The streets are empty. Everyone is watching the live broadcast of Rose’s press conference. Big TVs, small TVs, every home, every office, every store. Rose’s words echo through hallways, buildings, the entire city.
He is asked to explain why he regards Giamatti’s penalty as “fair” if he did not bet on Reds games. “I could get a year’s suspension for betting on anything,” he would say. “I’ve already admitted I’ve bet on other things.”
“My life is baseball,” Rose would say. “I hope to get back in baseball as soon as I possibly can. I’ve been in baseball for three decades, and to think I’m going to be out of baseball for a very short period of time hurts.
“I made some mistakes, and I’m being punished for them,” he would continue. “However, the settlement is fair. One of the mistakes wasn’t betting on baseball. I have too much respect for the game, too much love for the game.” Source
CHICAGO — Alex Rodriguez finally received his punishment from Major League Baseball yesterday, and now his real battle begins. The rules of engagement might allow him to stay in a Yankees uniform all the way through the 2013 season.
Commissioner Bud Selig handed A-Rod a mammoth, 211-game suspension, effective Thursday, for violations of the Joint Drug Agreement and Basic Agreement. But the Yankees’ beleaguered third baseman stuck to his vow to appeal the sentence, the only Biogenesis suspect to do so — he will appeal formally by Thursday — and he made his season debut last night at U.S. Cellular Field, going 1-for-4 as the Yankees suffered an 8-1 pummeling at the hands of the terrible White Sox.
“I’m fighting for my life,” Rodriguez said in a pregame news conference. “I have to defend myself. If I don’t defend myself, no one else will.”
A crowd of 27,948, including about 3,200 tickets purchased yesterday, attended, and nearly all on site heartily booed the man who has become baseball’s greatest villain.
“The fans were great,” he said. “I love Chicago — a great town, great people. I’m so humbled.”
He hit a bloop single to left field in his first at-bat, then flied out twice (to center and left) and struck out looking; in the field, he struggled with his lateral movements but picked up three assists.
“I felt pretty good,” Rodriguez said after the game. “From this moment on, I’m going to focus on baseball, play every game like it’s do or die.”
“I thought he looked all right,” Derek Jeter said.
It was a long time coming, as A-Rod underwent left hip surgery in mid-January. Reports of A-Rod’s involvement with Biogenesis surfaced shortly after.
“The last seven months have been a nightmare,” Rodriguez said. “Probably the worst time of my life.”
It’s uncertain how much his on-field happiness can mitigate his off-field bitterness to come.
Players Association executive director Michael Weiner, in a statement, said of A-Rod, “We agree with his decision to fight his suspension. We believe that the Commissioner has not acted appropriately under the Basic Agreement.”
In a telephone news conference, Weiner added he didn’t expect Rodriguez’s appeal to be decided until November or December, which would allow A-Rod — if healthy — to be with the Yankees until this campaign’s conclusion. There should be more clarity on the timeline later this week when officials from MLB and the Players Association meet to discuss it. Fredric Horowitz, an independent arbitrator, will hear A-Rod’s case. SOURCE
To the point, Pete Rose broke the rules and it cost him dearly, a lifetime ban from baseball. A-Rod Broke the rules and every time he stepped on the field to play he was attempting to alter the legitimate outcome of the game. He repeatedly broke the rules and got caught and broke them again and again and what does he get? banned for 211 games. Now I don’t know about you but I think Pete Rose AKA “Charlie Hustle” got a raw deal and A-Rod should be banned for life period!