It’s not new news that the baseball star has not had a baseball card since his ban for gambling in 1989. But Topps is taking it up to another level. Sports blogger Rob Harris of Chicagoside noticed that Topps is taking the ban pretty seriously.
Rose’s name is strikingly absent from Topps’ “Career Chase,” stats which shows who holds the MLB record for the stats a player is chasing, and how far that player is from achieving the particular all-time status. For those players chasing Rose’s all-time hits record, his name is not included. An example involves Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski's card. It states the player’s standing in regard to the “all-time record of 4,256” hits, but conveniently omits Rose’s name as the record holder.
Harris noted in particular, that while Pete Rose was erased, other players linked to performance-enhancing drugs were listed on the card. He opined, “The decision to ignore Rose is particularly questionable given the ongoing furor over performance enhancing drugs. Barry Bonds and other suspected steroid cheats have so far been denied entry to the Hall of Fame. Yet Topps has chosen to take the bloom only off of Rose. Why? Do they deem his crimes more serious? Is their standard that permanently ineligible players should be denied recognition? They’re not saying.”
A spokesperson for Topps says simply, it was “a simple decision.”
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