Pete Rose was crystal clear in his advice to the steroid uses in today’s MLB: come clean before the authorities catch you. Rose, who is serving a lifetime ban from baseball due to his gambling transgressions back in the 1980s, spoke with USA Today about what current juicers and ‘roiders should do:
Come clean as quickly as you possibly can. I guess Braun thought he was going to get away with it when he got off the hook the first time. I wish I could go around to all the spring training camps and talk to the young players about what happened to me. If baseball wants to get you, they’ve got enough resources and enough investigators that they’ll find a way to get you.
Rose specifically weighed in on the recent Ryan Braun controversy, saying the Milwaukee slugger caught a lucky break with the lax punishment:
Braun’s got to feel pretty fortunate to only get 65 games, because they’re really cracking down on it. He did like I did. He disappointed a lot of people. Deceived a lot of people. And if you get anything out of it, I think the young players should take one thing away from it: Don’t lie. All they have to do is watch what happened to me, and that would teach you, don’t lie.
I’ve been suspended, in August, 24 years. Is that fair? I don’t know. What’s worse? They’re both bad.
Known as “Charlie Hustle” during his playing days, Rose still holds the MLB career record for hits with 4,256.
[Source: USA Today]