Rose Increases Odds of Entering Hall of Fame By Scott Ott

by John Hawkins | January 6, 2004 12:36 am

Las Vegas oddsmakers have revised the line on Pete Rose getting admitted to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame[1] in the wake of his admission that he gambled[2] on baseball during his stint as a team manager.

“It’s about even odds now,” said an unnamed Vegas bookie. “As a 14-year unrepentant liar, he was 100-to-1, but as an slightly-repentant honest guy, whose book comes out in three days and whose last shot[3] at the Hall of Fame is December 2005, it’s a coin toss.”

Former MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent said Mr. Rose once told him that he did not bet on baseball because, Mr. Rose claimed he was “not that stupid.”

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Endnotes:
  1. Hall of Fame: http://www.scrappleface.com/MT/archives/000533.html
  2. gambled: http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/shared/sports/ap/ap_story.html/Baseball/AP.V2921.AP-BBN-Rose-Book.html
  3. last shot: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/writers/tom_verducci/01/05/rose_qanda/
  4. Scrappleface: http://www.scrappleface.com

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