Let the rules stand

Published: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 11:15 p.m.

Former baseball player Pete Rose has been in the news a lot as we await the decision of the baseball commissioner. Will he be in the Hall of Fame? This is really a discussion about ethical relativism versus absolute values. Baseball is a game of rules. If the rules are not followed consistently, the game is then worthless and the fans and players feel cheated.

A recent example of this situation occurred in football during the FSU/Florida game when the ACC refs seemed to make one-sided calls. Is there a standard of right and wrong in baseball? Is it an ever-changing standard, or is it the same for every player even if (or especially if) he is a great player?

Rose did not play by the rules. He should not be rewarded for his error.

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