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Wanna buy Pete Rose’s personal copy of the document banning him from baseball?

Oct 9, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

Pete Rose AP

The document which banned Pete Rose from baseball is up for auction:

Now, Rose’s personal copy of the 1989 agreement—the only other original copy belongs to Major League Baseball—is being put up for bid by Goldin Auctions. In addition to Rose’s autograph, the pact features the signatures of Rose’s attorney, Giamatti and Fay Vincent, the deputy commissioner who ended up succeeding Giamatti.

Bids start at $100,000, and the auctioneer estimates the document could fetch between $500,000 and $1 million.

I presume the varied amounts are a function of the uncertainty of the condition of the document itself. Because based on the way Rose has carried himself since 1989, I could see the document being in pristine condition due to Rose never having read it, or I could see it being totally soiled after he repeatedly wiped his butt with it.

  1. El Bravo - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Snark is strong in this one. Snark leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to….suffering….

  2. crankyfrankie - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    And suffering leads to the dark side Craig.

  3. 12strikes - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Of course Craig is going to be snarky…. Rose played for Philadelphia a couple of years.

  4. historiophiliac - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    I would’ve gone with the paper being warped after drying from Rose’s tears.

  5. yahmule - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Next up on the auction block, Pete’s last shred of self respect.

    • chumthumper - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Nope, he gave that away a long time ago.

  6. elmo - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    My uncle once did some work for Rose and his wife. They offered to pay him in memorabilia. My uncle said thanks but I’ll take cash please.

  7. mybrunoblog - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    I’m convinced that Rose would sell the enamel off his teeth if he thought some sucker would buy it.
    Way to go Pete. Your dream of reinstatement is as real the Easter Bunny.

  8. denny65 - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    This non-event is just a reminder that the Hall of Fame is a sham, and will remain so until Mr. 4,256 is inducted.

    I really don’t care if Rose is hawking this document, his birth certificate or last week’s dirty laundry (figurative or literal). Pete’s exclusion from the HOF is a travesty, and that’s a sure bet.

    • mybrunoblog - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      I agree it is a travesty that Rose is not in the HOF. That said if Pete would have admitted he was wrong back in 1989, lived a quiet life and showed genuine remorse and humility he would likely be in the HOF today.

    • kicksave1980 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:48 PM

      On his accomplishments on the baseball field, yeah he deserves to be in. But he knew the consequences of his actions, and he gambled on the game anyway. We can argue all day about whether gambling should or should not be a lifetime ban, but it is, and he knew what would happen if he got caught. It’s the only ‘golden rule’ that baseball has, there is no grey area for Pete Rose just because he was a great player. He’ll never get in, and if he does, that would be the real travesty.

  9. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Pete is trash. Nothing more, nothing less.

  10. badintent - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Pete will next auction his Korean girlfriend. Her fake Tits and Ass are included at no additional charge.

  11. willclarkgameface - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    The HOF is a joke.
    I hate how the writers get to vote.
    I hate that they choose which team you get to display on your plaque. Can’t you just be inducted as yourself and have your teams listed below?
    I hate that it’s in the middle of friggin’ nowhere.
    I hate that Pete Rose isn’t in there.

    He was and IS an ass hole. He is the all-time hits leader. Period. Ban him from baseball for eternity. I don’t give a shit. It shouldn’t mean that his accomplishments can’t be displayed in a museum.

    Real life isn’t a Ken Burns documentary.

  12. skids003 - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    I bid 50 cents.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      $5.00 here!

  13. 100loves - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Here’s what I don’t get – the Hall of Fame election rules state a player that is on the ineligible list (banned from baseball) CANNOT be elected. As I understand it, Rose agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989. Lifetime ban = ineligible = CANNOT be elected to the hall of fame. Period.

    He is the all-time hits leader, and that is a remarkable accomplishment nobody can ever deny. And he’s a dick. But all of that is moot. He’s ineligible because of a status HE AGREED TO.

    Why is this so hard? Let’s move on…

    • danandcasey - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Of course, when Rose signed the August 1989 agreement, he was still eligible to be elected into the Hall of Fame. The BWAA changed the eligibility rules in February, 1991, barring players with lifetime bans. I am not saying that Rose would not have entered into the August 1989 agreement had he known that he would not be eligible for the Hall, but, at the time he agreed to a lifetime ban, it did not equal ineligibility for the Hall.

  14. bringbackkosar - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Just when you thought he couldn’t be any more of a d-bag

  15. Chipmaker - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Permanent ban. Not lifetime. Being dead hasn’t changed the status of Joe Jackson and his seven banished teammates.

  16. temporarilyexiled - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Mug shot?

    On the more serious side: Put him in the HOF. It’s about baseball accomplishments. It’s not about being pure as the driven snow. Yes, it’d be awkward putting him in the hall while continuing the permanent ban. But the HOF is a museum. It’s not MLB. Calling attention to that distinction ends up being a positive for both.

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