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    Quote Originally Posted by hurtinbuckaroo View Post
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    Well yes the selective amnesty for players is curious and perhaps sets a precedent for others to hitch onto.

    Pete Rose uses Astros saga to ask for reinstatement - ESPN
    Rose was betting on games when he was a manager.
    One was cheating to win the World Series, the other was cheating to win money.

    When you strip the context, it is the same thing.

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    Still it's zero punishment vs. permanent ban. He also brought peds. Bonds and Clemens still haven't made the HOF though eligible. Rose mostly wants to get in the HOF. I'd bet he wouldn't make it even if lifted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Higgins View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hurtinbuckaroo View Post
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    Well yes the selective amnesty for players is curious and perhaps sets a precedent for others to hitch onto.

    Pete Rose uses Astros saga to ask for reinstatement - ESPN
    Rose was betting on games when he was a manager.
    One was cheating to win the World Series, the other was cheating to win money.

    When you strip the context, it is the same thing.
    Betting isn't "cheating". He broke the ancillary rules of employment by the MLB, not the rules of the sport of baseball itself.
    One act changes the outcome the games themselves and erodes the entire point of competitive sport. The other does nothing like that and merely is frowned upon b/c gambling is a sin and someone who gambles on their own sport might then be motivated to cheat on the game itself in order to win their bet, but there is no evidence Rose ever did that.

    Breaking a rule designed to prevent the appearance that you might be breaking an actual important rule is not the same as actually breaking the important rule.

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    So last year I skipped the entire regular season and only tuned in for the playoffs which turned out well. With the division winners being largely predictable, the MLB makes a pretty good analogy with the Champion's League - the real competition is between those at the top of their respective divisions, rather than within divisions.

    You can sense this during a lot of regular season games - I'm playing this game because I'm contractually obligated to, and trying to do well at it because if not I lose my job, versus the postseason where players actually care about winning.

    It makes the regular season an exercise for the purist, and the person who likes drinking beer and watching sports.

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