In part one of this extended online interview, baseball's all-time hit king sits down with Fred Roggin to talk about why he bet on baseball and the remorse he feels for his mistakes. He also deals with whether the lifetime ban assessed is fair given today's PED penalties, along with what his life has been like for the past 24 years and what advice he'd give to young athletes given the mistakes he's made. Original interview aired on Going Roggin, September 1, 2013.
He is Charlie Hustle. He is baseball’s all-time hit king. He is also banned for life from the game he loves.
In this candid interview, Pete Rose sits down with Fred Roggin to talk everything that’s made him who he is and changed him into the person he has become. From why he started betting on baseball to whether he thinks he’ll ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame, nothing is off limits.
There’s also his surprising take on present-day players suspended for performance enhancing drug use. Rose admits the crime he committed against baseball isn’t tantamount to theirs, mainly because “I never did anything to alter statistics.”
He’s open, he’s honest and he’s still hoping for a second chance.