"As you know, baseball statistics are sacred. That's why baseball cards are worth more than football cards, why that Honus Wagner card is going for a couple million bucks, why baseball memorabilia is much more valuable than football or basketball memorabilia.
"I had nothing to do with altering statistics of baseball, and these guys, that take PEDs -- wouldn't it be nice if you could ask Babe Ruth the same question, or Roger Maris the same question or Hank Aaron, who won't talk about it. I'd like to hear what their response will be, because those are the guys who lost their records because of supposedly steroids."
Rose, a 17-time All-Star, is baseball's all-time hits leader with 4,256, yet remains out of Cooperstown. He was banned from baseball for life in 1989, and he admitted in 2004 that he gambled on games during his time as a manager, although the three-time batting champion insists he never bet against his own team.