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Pete Rose's new book, "My Prison without Bars"his autobiography due out Thursday. (AP /G. Paul Burnett, The New York Times)
By JOE KAY
CINCINNATI (AP) - Pete Rose's contention that he never bet on Cincinnati Reds games from the clubhouse is being disputed by two of his reputed bet runners.
Former housemate Tommy Gioiosa said Tuesday that Rose is lying when he says in his latest autobiography that he never placed a bet from his office. Gioiosa said he did so routinely. Paul Janszen, who also told authorities that he ran bets for Rose, also said that baseball's hits king placed wagers from his office on a regular basis.
"I wish he'd just come clean with everything," Gioiosa said in a telephone interview. "I just wonder if he ever will tell the whole story."
A day after excerpts from My Prison Without Bars were released, Rose's latest version of his gambling scandal and his sincerity were questioned.
Rose accepted a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 but insisted he never bet on baseball. He was later diagnosed with a significant gambling disorder, but has denied he has a problem.
"Since he's not planning any kind of rehabilitation, I don't think it has any kind of sincerity," said Barbara Pinzka, who was his spokeswoman at the time. "That's the sad part. He dragged himself this far, to acknowledge he bet on baseball, but he's still not admitting he has a problem."
Rose's admission that he bet on baseball came with only two years left on his eligibility to go on the ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame. Commissioner Bud Selig hasn't indicated whether he plans to reinstate Rose, which would make him eligible for the hall.
Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey said Tuesday that no consideration is being given to changing the rules to extend Rose's eligibility.
"There's been no talk about changing any of the rules," Petroskey said.
Rose received 15 write-in votes this year, three fewer than last year. In the 13 seasons he has been ineligible because of the ban, he has been written in on 230 of 6,171 ballots (3.7 per cent).
Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley, who were elected to the Hall on Tuesday, wished that Rose had released his book at some other time.
"I am a little disappointed in the timing of it," Molitor said. "Does it take away from the current class? ... In my mind, I think it does a little bit."
Eckersley didn't care, saying: "Bad timing, but it doesn't bother me."
In 1989, Rose and Roger Kahn collaborated on an authorized autobiography, Pete Rose: My Story, which sold 65,000 copies and insisted that he never bet on baseball. In his latest book, Rose confesses that he regularly bet on baseball when he managed the Reds.
"Four or five times a week," Rose said, "But I never bet against my own team, and I never made any bets from the clubhouse."
That assertion was disputed by those who acknowledged placing bets on his behalf.
Janszen said Rose would make his picks in the manager's office, and Janszen would relay them to a bookmaker. John Dowd, who conducted baseball's investigation, found phone records that supported Janszen's testimony.
"I sat there in his office and he'd show me who he wanted," Janszen said Tuesday, in a phone interview. "I'd leave and go to a pay phone if we were on the road. Did he call from the office? No, but he told me who he wanted in the office. Or, he would call my house from the office.
"Is he splitting hairs here? I think he's figuring, 'I said I bet on baseball, what else do you want from me?"'
Gioiosa, who once lived in Rose's home in Cincinnati and now owns a health-supplement store in Ormond Beach, Fla., said he often saw Rose place wagers before games.
"I was there, and we did it every day," Gioiosa said.
Gioiosa said Rose would use information gleaned from telephone conversations with other managers to help him decide which teams to bet on. Rose made bets by telephone from his clubhouse office, Gioiosa said.
"He'd pick up the phone, press 0 and say, 'Get me an outside line,"' Gioiosa said. "And when he was betting, there were numbers. He'd say, 'Give me No. 1,' and that would be the Reds. 'No. 4' would be the Phillies. 'No. 8' would be someone else."
In his first autobiography, Rose called Janszen "some lying bum." Janszen turned over evidence that contributed to Rose's lifetime ban from baseball and his conviction on two counts of filing false income taxes. Rose served five months at a federal prison.
Janszen was surprised that Rose finally admitted his accusers were telling the truth.
"It's a good day," Janszen said. "I thought I'd go to the grave and never hear him say those words. But I never thought it would involve him selling a book."
Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel granted Rose a temporary restraining order in 1989 that prevented baseball from disciplining Rose for several months. Rose's lawyers insisted during the court hearing that the betting accusations were baseless.
Nadel wasn't taken aback by Rose's reversal.
"Nothing surprised me in any case that I've heard," Nadel said. "I'm not shocked by anything that happens."Contrition,
while part of the dynamic, is NOT the issue.
******************************Major League Baseball Rule 21:
"Any player, umpire or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.
This is and has been posted IN BIG AND BOLD in every major league clubhouse.
THIS is the central issue.[ January 09, 2004, 02:53 PM: Message edited by: ryan ]