In case you are not familiar with who Pete Rose, or his story.. he was a baseball player. A damn good one. At 3,000 hits.. a baseball player is considered incredible, Hall of Fame type player... Pete Rose had 4,256... one of two players to have over 4,000 hits. And yes, he has more hits than the other guy... making him the all time hit leader. Why he isn't in the Hall of Fame you ask? Because he broke a particular rule. It states:
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.
There is no doubt that he in fact did bet on a baseball game he was connected with, however he bet on his OWN TEAM TO WIN. The rule most likely originated because if you bet your team to lose, you may throw the game. Or if a umpire/ referee bets on the game, they have too much control over the outcome. So the rule is well defined, and many will say: He broke a well-defined rule and must live with the consequences of his actions. However, I'm here to tell you, there are some rules that deserve an exception. And this is one of those cases.