I have no real opinion on the merits, but there seems to be some kind of concerted media push to rehabilitate Pete Rose.
Earlier this week, he was interviewed for ten minutes on Colin Cowherd’s The Herd radio show on ESPN Radio, and was treated as an expert elder statesman on baseball matters. And after the interview, Cowherd was very clear about his opinion that Rose’s lifetime ban was excessive, and that PED use is worse than gambling on baseball.
And tonight during the Yankees game, Michael Kay has multiple times (once during the rain delay and at least once during the actual game) referred to his discussion today with Pete Rose and relayed Rose’s opinions on various baseball matters. It was so obviously calculated, that Ken Singleton, who actually played major league baseball (and was a star) unlike Kay–who is just a lugubrious pompous unathletic fuckebagge–was all like, “Wow! You’re really name-dropping tonight!”