Pete Rose erased from baseball cards

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Pete Rose has not appeared on his own Topps card since Major League Baseball banned him in 1989. Any player on the permanently ineligible list is prohibited from being included in any licensed MLB product. And that doesn't only go for the picture on the front and the "complete batting record" on the back, apparently.
Author Rob Harris of Chicagoside noticed that any mention of Rose's name has been scrubbed from Topps first new set of cards for 2013 — even when its inclusion seems organic.
He writes about the '13 set:
On the back of each card, wedged between each player’s personal information and his “Complete Major and Minor League Batting Record,” there’s a little line labeled “Career Chase.” On every card, whether the player is a living legend or a rookie, there is a sentence indicating how close that player is to reaching one of the game’s big records.
So, for example, it says on the card for Paul Konerko that his 422 career home runs "are 340 shy of Barry Bonds’ record of 762." Everybody in the set gets a blurb like this. "Player 'X' is 4,000 shy of Nolan Ryan's record, or Cy Young's, etc."


I guess it's not Pete Rose's record anymore! It would be one thing if none of the record holders were named on any of the cards. Then nobody would have noticed Pete Rose's name not being there for hits. Harris did get Topps to comment, though:
Clay Luraschi, a spokesman for Topps, called the omission of Rose “a simple decision” but declined to elaborate. When pressed, he repeated that it was “plain and simple” that Rose’s name should not appear on cards.
So it appears to be related to MLB ban and not to, say, a dispute over licensing monies (even though players get paid through their union, not the league, when it comes to their likeness, and Rose would seem to be in good standing with the MLBPA). Topps wants to keep its license with MLB, and that's obviously understandable. It also might be taking Rose's ban a little far.
(And before you EVEN bring it up: Yes, Barry Bonds' name has been associated with PEDs and he's been punished for it by the BBWAA when it comes to the Hall of Fame vote. But he hasn't been punished by MLB. He's not ineligible for anything — like Rose, or the Black Sox guys. So he can be on cards, according to the rules.)

No mention of stats that Rose leads in — hits, doubles, runs, walks, at-bats. It's not proof of anything, but it's a little curious. And much more subtle. This is how to omit Pete Rose without letting on you're doing it.


A slip-up? Or has there been a change in policy?
It seems like Topps could have used some creative license. Not producing new Pete Rose cards is one thing — after all, that's the rule. And not making it so obvious that he's banned would have been OK, too. MLB can keep Pete Rose's plaque out of the Hall of Fame. But the league isn't going to leave Cooperstown because the museum still shows Pete Rose exhibits that include his memorabilia. The Hall of Fame still acknowledges Pete Rose happened. MLB probably isn't going to cut off Topps because Pete Rose's name is on the back of some cards.
Besides, scrubbing his name off the back — in this particular case — comes off as petty. And vengeful, from MLB's standpoint. OK, we get it, Pete Rose has been banned, you're all mighty and powerful.
Most of all, it's also a lie by omission. Pete Rose happened. Remember?
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  1. He has not did anything worst compare to the plays these days using drugs

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  2. In the history of baseball, not too many people have put into baseball what Pete Rose has! They called him "Charley Hustle" for a reason! He was not convicted for taking performance enhancing drugs or steroids. He was arrested and served jail time for his gambling habit, only!! You can't take anything away from his playing ability. He deserves to be in the Baseball Hall Of Fame!!!
    Pete, we who are the true fans of baseball remember you, and always will!
    God bless Pete Rose

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  3. Michael Norton, Guayaquil EcuadorFebruary 14, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    I will never again buy a Topps card!! It is unbelievably stupid to erase such an iconic player for mistakes he committed after his playing days. I correct myself, Rose has a gambling addiction that as all addictions is a disease completely out of his control. He should not be sanctioned for it. Furthermore, if it would have been a mistake, I understand all of us humans make mistakes and we should not be tossed aside for that reason. Nobody is perfect!!

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  4. Ridiculous! Pete Rose is a baseball hero wo accomplished many great milestones. All those records he made were "naturally" achieved. Gambling can be an addiction just as drugs are. Darrell Strawberry and Dwight Gooden were given several chances to get well. They're not banned. The steroids boys cheated to get the stats they earned. You cannot take away what Rose accomplished by natural hard work and dedication. For Pete's sake...give they guy a break! He's paid his debt by now. Mr. Commisioner-pardon him already and let him back in! Pete Rose deserve to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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  5. I never liked Pete Rose as a person, but he was one of the greatest pure ballplayers I ever had a chance to watch. It is a shame that baseball has turned its back on him for something he did as a manager. Put in the hall..

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  6. baseball can take peds a shove them up bonds ass pete rose is baseballs all time hits leader so topps u can shove ur over priced bullshit cards up ur ass not worth the price of paper stop ripping kids off

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  7. They mention Barry Bonds and others that have been proven to have used performance enhancing drugs? Pete never used any type of drugs to achieve the records that stand today! So, "society" accepts drug users and abusers but they turn a deaf ear or look the other way that gambling is not a serious addiction. Topps just shows how shallow their company really is. Gee, Ty Cobb was known to abuse women and Babe Ruth abused alcohol...Why doesn't Topps drop their "stats?" Now A-Rod is under investigation for using drugs....Gee, I bet he will get a slap on the wrist and told him to seek help...In short, what's good for the goose is not always good for the gander....Political B.S.! Hang in their Pete, one day you will be in the "Hall Of Fame."

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  8. Baseball has their hall of fame I have mine,Pete Rose has been in since he retired as a player! Thanks for being the kind of player I would have loved to have been and hope my grandchildren can be in the future!

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  9. I remember Pete Rose for taking every opportunity for being a "hot dog". Yes hustled, but he made sure everyone knew. I remember Pete Rose robbing Roberto Clemente of the batting title, by "bunting." And, yes he knew it! Anybody out there know if Pete Rose did any type of charity work other than to benefit himself. He certainly was not and is not a role model, unless you want a gambler, drinker, etc., etc.

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  10. guess this will make Pete Rose's cards more valuable to anyone who wants to sell them I guess its better to cheat than to gamble what a crock

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  11. This is a guy who got in trouble for something he did years after he quit playing baseball, when he became a manager. Of course he has a gambline problem. I'm not making excuses for that. But when you put it in the context of what players have done over the last couple decades with steroids and other PEDs, what Pete did was minor in comparison. I mean, Mark McGwire is currently a hitting manager in the MLB. Why is that allowed? Pete earned every single hit he made. His stats are rock solid as a player. No one can dispute what he did. Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, Sammy Sosa cannot say the same thing. Now I don't know if we should usher him back in. That is something that can be debated all day. But let's at the very least stay consistent with everyone across the board. Any player who had any dealings with steroids or any other performance enhancing drugs should be blacklistted! And if the MLB refuses to do that, then they need to bring Pete Rose back in. It's stupid that we have a low bar for players past 1990 and and a high bar for players who were before that era.

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  12. This is absolutely ridiculous!!! What Pete did on the field was historical. NO matter what his crime was, namely gambling,it in no way contributed to his on the field accomplishment. He never ried to lose a gmae or control its outcome. It pales along side what the heavy hitters did. They took drugs to pump themselves up to hit the long ball. Take a erase Rose´s record the same should be done to Barry Bonds, Mark Magwire, Sammy Sosa, and pitcher, Roger Clemens. I´ll go along with gambling before drugs.

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  13. We love you Pete...one day this will go away ...And they will recognize you the way you should be remembered. Thanks to all the ball players on roids who did actually ruin it for me.

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  14. topps you s..k! you have any of the cheaters (roid users) on your cards??? did pete gamble on games? (possibly cheat?)yes. whats the difference if you roid up to hit homeruns thus win games via that??? quit picking on pete rose who left every ounce of non steriod sweat and blood on the field and give the man his due. then again if i was pete rose i probably wouldnt want to be on your rags...

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  15. If they are going to erase Pete's record then let's not be discriminatory. Is there an eraser with the names of Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Marh McGuire, Roger Clemems,Darrell Strawberry and Dwight Gooden's name on it also? In comparison to what players have done over the last twenty years or so with steroids and other PEDs, what Pete did was minor.
    Topps can drop who they choose, the fans can choose to drop Topps.Topps like the players, without their fans are who?

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  16. I'm going out on a limb here and will probably be crucified but I have an opionion on Mr. Rose. Performance enhancing drugs weren't in the picture back when Mr.Rose was a player, of course, that doesn't mean they weren't used, just not in the spotlight. Stikes by players wasn't to happen until after him. He was one of the most dispicable players in the history of baseball, except for the "Eight Men Out" in their hayday, for which I still have my misgivings about that whole issue as well. Mr. Rose abused the name of baseball in lieu of his own gain, instead of keeping the sanctity of playing the game itself. It was a completly selfish act that damaged the game irreparably for the players before and after him. You know, for the love of the game! He abused his power and there is no excuse for what he did. He betrayed the very name of baseball. I am one of the few that honestly believes this. So be it. I am entitled to my opionion. That being said, before his transgretions, he was a great player up until the time his made those fateful decisions. I respect that, however, I believe he has no right to be with the great players in the Hall of Fame as those players were and are Great! Time served, maybe, I never saw remorse, or a stand up guy, up until the point it was proven. An outstanding player,yes. An exemplary baseball player with scruples, no. He is not, time served or no. Revo...I'm still passionate about this subject.

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  17. I just do not get it. He should never have been banned at all. So he had a gambling problem. He was NEVER accused of betting against his team.

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  18. Yes a black player that cheated wins and a white player that's been punished for what? at least 24yrs loses. It is plain b.s. blacks are coddled by are society. It's not just about Pete Rose, I say it's a concerted effort to minimize white people. F off topps.

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  19. Well first off I grew up watching Pete Rose and was one of my all time favorite players. Yes he did something he shouldnt and that cost him more than he deserved but if anyone remembers he was banned by one of the strictest MLB commisioners to ever run baseball. If he was still alive I think it would be overturned and he would be allowed into the hall of fame. All the guys getting caught on drugs would be hating life if he was alive and still the MLB commish. But I also agree all the guys who have been caught with drugs and roids should be banned for life and no chance of collecting any royalties from anything in MLB. But we all know that wont happen anytime soon. Some day someone will get the commish job and overturn what pete has been through and he will be in the hall of fame but it may come after his lifetime.

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