Trump Besieges Baseball Hall of Fame to Overlook Pete Rose’s Gambling Charges

February 15, 2020 John Isaac

President Trump has asked Baseball’s Hall of Fame to reconsider Pete Rose, the all-time hits leader, after two decades into his lifetime ban for gambling crimes. “He gambled, but only on his team winning, and paid a decade long price,” Trump tweeted. “GET PETE ROSE INTO THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME. It’s Time!”

Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader, Pete Rose, during a Red’s game in 1973

Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds in 1973 © Denis Romero- NBC News

The issue arose after the winter’s sign steal scandal led to the ban of one general manager as well as three field managers on similar allegations. Rose seized the moment and filed a petition for reinstatement into Major League Baseball.

“His lifetime ban is disproportionate relative to other punishments imposed for serious violations that also undermined the integrity of the game,” the petition says. “Mr Rose requests that baseball Commissioner [Rob] Manfred consider this petition in light of recent rule violations by club officials, managers, and players who have severely impugned the integrity of the game of baseball.”

The Houston Astros team was majorly affected by the recent Sign-Steal Scandal involving both players and the management of the club. According to the report submitted by the major league Baseball, “the players intercepted opposing pitchers hands signs with cameras then used trash cans to bang out results to home team’s favour at minute Maid Park.” Pete Rose admitted to gambling in the 1980s as he served as the Red’s manager. He stated: “I only gambled on my team to win, which is a prayer every manager makes.”

Major League Baseball May Alter its Rules on Owners of Casinos

Major League Baseball commission seeks to alter regulations on team owners and casino gambling, in a move that could be devastating to the Ilitch family. Marian Illitch, the wife of late Detroit Tigers owner Mike Illitch, runs the Detroit’s Motorcity Casino, while one of her sons runs the Tigers.

“The general rule will remain that if the club has an interest in a sportsbook, it can’t take bets on that club,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a meeting on Thursday. “The rule does contemplate that there could be an exception provided that there is certain safeguards built-in. The safeguards would essentially ensure that there is no controlled input whatever from the club to the betting operator, has to be a completely independent betting operator.”

However, Manfred insisted that the rule has not been finalized is set to be amended if need be. Marian Illitch was a co-founder of Detroit’s MotorCity Casino in 1999 and became the sole owner in 2005. She has invested in the expansion of MotorCity Casino Hotel over the years.

Veikkaus Pens a Deal with Relax Gaming

Relax Gaming will be providing Veikkaus with its innovative content as well as aggregation platform as per the new deal signed by the two companies. The Finnish State Lottery firm will get access to Relax Gaming’s world-class proprietary content such as Snake Arena, Temple Tumble, and Money Train.

Veikkaus will also get access to the supplier’s Silver Bullet and Powered studios as part of the deal. This includes Kalamba Games, Push Games, Big Time Gaming as well as ReelPlay. The deals mark another milestone in Relax Gaming’s accelerated growth within the last 12 months.

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