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Pete Rose Author: New Gambling Info Not a 'Huge Shock'

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The author of a book about former Major League Baseball player and manager Pete Rose told Newsmax a report that seems to prove Rose bet on games in which he played is not a "huge shock."

Kostya Kennedy, the author of "Pete Rose: An American Dilemma," told host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV's "The Hard Line" it was already assumed that Rose bet on games while he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds.

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An ESPN report, citing evidence in a seized notebook from 1989, said Rose bet on games in which he was playing during his final season as a player for the Reds. Rose admitted to gambling on baseball in 2004 but said he only did it when he was a manager.

"I don't think this is a huge shock to any of us who have been closely following Pete," Kennedy said. "There was high suspicion bordering on knowledge that he had bet as a player, but it certainly is a smoking gun and it certainly makes clear that he hasn't been telling the truth as recently as this year."

Kennedy noted that Rose has admitted to wrongdoing over the years but those things had already been proven.

"The things that Pete has admitted to are just the things that have been proven," Kennedy said. "What was proven in the data report, what has been proven elsewhere, then he would admit to something. Otherwise, 'no sir I didn't have my hand in the cookie jar. I was putting the cookie back.'"

Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 over claims he broke the rules by betting on the game. Two years later, the Baseball Hall of Fame voted to make him and others on the permanently ineligible list banned from being inducted into the Hall.

Rose has the most hits, games played, at-bats, singles, and outs in MLB history.

Said Kennedy, " He broke the rules and he endangered baseball by what he did. I wouldn't quite describe him as a cheat only because it was nothing that Pete did as a gambler that seemed to have given him any competitive advantage."

Earlier this year, Rose filed an application with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to have his lifetime ban lifted. That is the first step in the process that would allow Rose to be eligible to enter the Hall of Fame. He would then have to be voted in.

Kennedy said what Rose did is not the same as steroid users who have tainted the game in recent history.

"[Rose is] a liar and a rule breaker and an arrogant rule breaker and those things, but compared to, and it's not an apple to apple comparison, but compared to steroid users, compared to other people who have gained a competitive advantage, what Pete did is different," Kennedy said.

"I'm not making the argument either way, but one can make the argument, 'look, he achieved what he achieved and he wasn't hated in that pursuit in any way. He gambled and we should still put him in the Hall of Fame because he still achieved what he achieved.'"

In March, Kennedy told Newsmax "it might be time" for MLB executives to reconsider Rose's lifetime ban.

"He's been out of the game for 25 years," Kennedy said. "There's no question that he's served a sentence, so to speak. And whether or not he should get into the Hall of Fame … that's a big question.

"It's right that it's being looked at and right that he's been evaluated. And we'll see. I don't think it's a slam dunk … but it certainly looks a lot better for Pete now than it has in many years."

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