Stark: Without a doubt, Pete Rose is one of saddest tales in sports

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on December 14, 2015:

So this is how it ends. Not with a line drive up the gap and a belly flop into second base. Not with the magical weekend in Cooperstown, New York, that once seemed so inevitable for the great Peter E. Rose. Not with crowds roaring, tears flowing or cameras clicking.

No, no, no, no, no. Instead, this was how it ended for the Hit King, on an otherwise nondescript Monday in December:

With a phone call from the commissioner. With a press release to the media. With a long, unemotional statement from Rob Manfred, at his lawyerly best, detailing why he couldn’t possibly grant Rose the reinstatement he’d been so desperately awaiting since 1989.

“In short,” the commissioner wrote, “Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life.”

Bam. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was that.

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Originally published: December 14, 2015. Last Updated: December 14, 2015.