|01-10-2004, 08:31 PM||#1|
hypothetical MLB press realease re: Rose
Major League Baseball and the office of the Commissioner in repsonse to the events of the previous week would like to offer the following statement:
On August 24, 1989, A. Bartlett Giamatti on behalf of Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner took the unprecedented step of announcing the banishment of the all time hit leader of Major League Baseball, Peter Edward Rose.
This was the result of an extensive investigation by the office of the commisioner that included independent counsel and information from wide ranging sources. As a result of this investigation, the Commissioner decided in the best interests of baseball to reach an agreement with Peter Edward Rose that he would accept a permanent ineligibility from Major League Baseball. As part of this agreement, Mr. Rose agreed to accept the banishment and additionally not to issue any public statements that were contrary to the agreement - including his admission on oath that there was a factual basis for the allegations.
Mr. Rose publically denied this factual basis in contravention of that agreement. His susbsequent admission is also in contravention of his agreement not to publically make statements that are not contained in the agreement. Additionally, Mr. Rose's admissions represent no new facts that would bear upon his reinstatement. Mr. Rose is still eligible to apply for reinstatement under the terms of the agreement. And his application is currently active.
Mr. Rose is entitled to apply for reinstatement, he is not entitled to automatic reinstatement. As per the terms of the agreement, Mr. Rose submits to the jurisdiction of Major Lague Baseball and the Office of the commissioner in this matter. His reinstatement is subject to the same terms of his banishment - the best interests of baseball.
Mr. Rose is tremendously popular and has been a joy to watch as a ball player. But we cannot now state this more eloquently that the late Bart Giamatti in his statement regarding the banishment on 24 August 1989:
" I say this so that there may be no doubt about where I stand or
why I stand there. I believe baseball is a beautiful and exciting game,
loved by millions -- I among them -- and I believe baseball is an
important, enduring American institution. It must assert and aspire to
the highest principles -- of integrity, of professionalism of
performance, of fair play within its rules. It will come as no surprise
that like any institution composed of human beings, this institution
will not always fulfill its highest aspirations. I know of no earthly
institution that does. But this one, because it is so much a part of
our history as a people and because it has such a purchase on our
national soul, has an obligation to the people for whom it is played
-- to its fans and well-wishers -- to strive for excellence in all
things and to promote the highest ideals.
I will be told that I am an idealist. I hope so. I will
continue to locate ideals I hold for myself and for my country in the
national game as well as in other of our national institutions. And
while there will be debate and dissent about this or that or another
occurrence on or off the field, and while the game's nobler parts will
always be enmeshed in the human frailties of those who, whatever their
role, have stewardship of this game, let there be no doubt or dissent
about our goals for baseball or our dedication to it. Nor about our
vigilance and vigor -- and patience -- in protecting the game from
blemish or stain or disgrace."
This Commissioner and Major League Baseball feel these ideals to be true, and a weighty responsibility that we accept - we will continue to review the matter of Peter Edward rose with all due diligence in strict vigilence for the integrity of Baseball."
|01-11-2004, 09:43 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Scrappers territory
Works for me. Unfortunately, Bud isn't half the man that Bart was. He's not even half the man that Bart SIMPSON is.
Remember, the most important thing here -- more important than the integrity of the game of baseball -- is to make Pete happy and not hurt his feelings. Okay?
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