Pete Rose is just like everybody else. He has two arms, two legs, and over 4,000 hits.
He played the game the way that it is meant to be played. His record of all-time hits may never be surpassed. He hustled non-stop and gave more effort than 100-percent of the players in the game today.
He bet on baseball. We have players taking performance enhancement drugs and give them a 50-game suspension. That doesn't stop them, they find new ways around the system. That is more detrimental to the game than gambling.
And gambling can be classified as an addiction, a disease. But, it really doesn't matter either way. The Hall of Fame is voted on by the corny sports writers of American and if you don't kiss their ass, you are not included in their little club. The whole system is a joke, but when it comes to the actual game itself, the only player that I truly admire is Pete Rose.