Pete Rose may be the foremost expert on lengthy MLB suspensions. The sport's all-time hits leader was banned for life by commissioner Bart Giamatti in 1989 for betting on baseball. He also seems to have no problem with MLB's reported plan to seek 100-game suspensions against players embroiled in the latest performance enhancing drugs scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun.
"That's the only way you're going to get their attention. You can't suspend somebody and just say, 'Take 50 games off and we'll see you in two months,'" Rose responded to HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill when asked if he believed suspensions without pay were a fair way to punish PED users. "I was a first offender too when I lied to baseball and I've been suspended 24 years. And I did nothing to dicker with the integrity of the game of baseball."
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After invoking the sacred nature of baseball records, Rose discussed the pervasiveness of drugs in baseball.
"If guys want to get on drugs, they're going to beat the test. It's just the way it is. That's what I've been told. I don't know a damn thing about steroids but they can get around it. And I think this guy is going to blow the whole thing wide open. It's just like last year, we thought this thing was cleaned up and Colon gets caught and Cabrera gets caught," Rose said. "I mean, anybody that thinks there's not steroids in baseball, I think is pissing up a rope right now."
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