Last week on TSL Sports Talk, MLB’s all time leader in hits, Pete Rose, joined us to talk about his MLB career and his role as the face of SportsBeep.com, a sports-fantasy app that lets fans win prizes for predictions made during games. Check out a few highlights below.
"This is the kind [of app] where you can sit around and compete against each other. This is not the type of app where you need to get out all these sheets and look at all the stats and try to analyze who’s going to fumble, who’s not going to fumble. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a game of knowledge. You and I could be watching the Super Bowl and we could be betting against each other or competing against each other and it makes it a lot of fun. And you can win some money. You’re not trying to pay your bill based on hooking up with Sportsbeep, you’re trying to have some entertainment and some fun, and that’s the good thing about it."
If Rose feel’s he’s being penalized by writers regarding his ban from the Baseball Hall of Fame:
"It’s really not true as far as blaming the writers. You can’t blame the writer in my case because I’ve never been put on a ballot for the writers to express which side they’re on. I’m not eligible [for the Baseball Hall of Fame] because I’m not on a ballot. Bonds, Clemens, the rest of those guys you mentioned are all on a ballot to be voted on every year. I have never been on the ballot. So, if you’re arguing that I should be on the ballot, I think that’s a legitimate argument. Now, whether I ever make it or not based on the voters, if I ever get on a ballot, then it’s up to the writers. That’s the way you look at that. So let’s not start blaming the writers as of yet, because until I’m put on the ballot, if I ever am, then we can complain about the writers."
On controversial MLB greats that are not in the Hall of Fame:
"Would I ever vote for Bonds? Yes, I would. Would I vote for Clemens? Yes, I would. Would I vote for Palmeiro? Yes, I would. Would I vote for Sammy Sosa? Yes, I would. You’ve got a seven-time Cy Young winner and a seven-time MVP, that aren’t in the Hall of Fame, which is not real good, as far as I’m concerned."
Listen to the full interview above to hear more on Rose’s career and what he has to say about the Hall of Fame.