Pete Rose -- For Baseball And For Better Or For Worse


Anyone around in the '80s surely remembers the incredible rise and fall of Pete Rose. Rose is the all-time Major League leader in hits, and has three World Series rings, but his accomplishments were overshadowed by a gambling scandal. In 1989, Rose admitted that he'd gambled on games -- including games he was playing in. As a result, he was permanently banned from baseball, and lost eligibility to ever be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

That was nearly 20 years ago, and since then, Rose hasn't spent much time in the spotlight. But that's about to change! Starting this coming Monday, you can watch him him and his soon-to-be-bride in the new TLC series, Pete Rose: Hits And Mrs.

This glimpse into Rose's life couldn't come at a more critical time. Lately, Pete Rose's name has been on everyone's lips as the latest Baseball Hall of Fame controversy emerges. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa -- three players whose steroid use got them into trouble -- are on the latest ballot. If approved for Hall of Fame induction, it'll send a definite message to baseball fans about doping in the sport.

This comes amid charges from sports critics that the Baseball Hall of Fame's voting process should change to better reflect the sport and its players. And some -- like New York Times baseball writer, Tyler Kepner and broadcaster Keith Olbermann -- are predicting that no one will be elected this year. If that were to happen, it could be a boon to Rose, who's long argued that those rules should change.

(Update: As Olbermann and Kepner predicted, the Baseball Hall of Fame indeed opted to induct no one this year -- for only the second time in four decades)

Whether you love him or hate him, you can't deny that Rose is a fascinating figure -- which is why we'll definitely be watching Pete Rose: Hits And Mrs. starting Monday, January 14th 10|9c.

-- Julie Gerstein

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