LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Pete Rose has been erased from Topps Baseball Cards for 2013. Pete Rose’s records have been not been erased from the back of the latest baseball cards. Just his name. And Topps is defending its actions today.
Topps spokesman Clay Luraschi in a news statement Thursday would not give an explanation for the erasing, but only qualified it as simple. Luraschi said it was a “a simple decision” and was “plain and simple”.
Pete Rose recently launched this January a new reality show to draw attention to his MLB Suspension. In a 1989 settlement with then-Commissioner Bart Giamatti, Rose agree to the lifetime suspension from baseball. He admitted to having bet on baseball previously.
At the time that Rose announced his new realty show, the NY Times claimed that Rose is pushing for reinstatement via reality tv. ‚ÄúTLC is releasing the show close to the announcement of the results of the Hall of Fame vote, a strategy also employed nine years ago for Mr. Rose‚Äôs confessional book, ‚ÄúMy Prison Without Bars.‚ÄĚ
In 2011, Hank Aaron told news that Rose should be reinstated to baseball. ‚ÄúI would certainly like to see him in. He belongs in, really‚ÄĚ. Aaron added “His career is one that he needs to be right here in the middle of all of this.‚ÄĚ