Pete Rose was banned from baseball on August 24, 1989 by then-commissioner Bart Giamatti for placing high stakes bets within the game, and even for and against his own team he managed, the Cincinnati Reds.  Rose is still banned from baseball and Hall of Fame induction.  

Yet many feel the time has come to at the very least get Rose into the Hall of Fame, especially because of the recent steroid era where so many players in the game were caught using performance enhancing drugs and are tied to clinics like Balco and Biogenesis while hallowed baseball records have been shattered.  I am one of those people.

I had the chance to talk with Pete Rose at The Stadium in Crossgates Mall in Albany, NY with the interviews below in two parts.  Part one highlights Rose's thoughts on the steroid era where he calls Ryan Braun "lucky" that he only got suspended for 65 games and his admitting to using amphetamines or "greenies" as they were known.  Here is part one:

Part two highlights the "Big Red Machine," my comparison of Bryce Harper to Rose and the "Hit King's" advice for young baseball players.   Here is part two:

By:  Mike Lindsley, "Mid-Day with Mike," M-F 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.  Follow him on Twitter at

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