Pete Rose knows a thing or two about angering Major League Baseball.
Rose, who has been banned from baseball since 1989 for gambling on the game, had some advice for Ryan Braun and other players caught up in the Biogensis performance-enhancing drug scandal, according to USA Today.
“Come clean as quickly as you possibly can,” the all-time hits leader said. ”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 is the only player to have received a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball, and in his opinion, Braun got off easy.
“Braun’s got to feel pretty fortunate to only get 65 games, because they’re really cracking down on it,” he said. “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.”
At the end of the day, to Rose, the question is about the integrity of the game.
“[T]he most important thing in baseball — the history of baseball — is the stats. I did nothing to alter any stats. I did nothing that would [tick] Babe Ruth off. I did nothing that would [tick] Roger Maris off. I did nothing that would [tick] Ty Cobb off. So I guess my question would be — wouldn’t it be nice if you could talk to Roger Maris or Babe Ruth? Hank Aaron won’t talk about it. Those are the guys whose records have been assaulted by steroids. Not my record. And if someone ever got 4,257 hits that was linked to steroids, I’d have something to tell you about it.”