Pete Rose says using PEDs is worse than betting on baseball

Which is worse? A player betting on games, or using performance enhancing drugs? Pete Rose thinks it's the latter.

Manager Pete Rose and Owner Marge Schott of the Cincinnati Reds looks on during batting practice prior to the start of a Major League Baseball game circa 1988.

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Which is worse? A player betting on games, or using performance enhancing drugs? Pete Rose thinks it's the latter.

Both are banned by Major League Baseball, and while dozens of high-profile players have been suspended for PEDs none have yet been banned.

Pete Rose, however, remains banned from MLB for betting on games during his years as a manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

Rose recently spoke out about his wrongdoing, saying that the rule he broke isn't as bad as using PEDs.

"They're both bad. I think in my case, I know I didn't do anything to alter the statistics of baseball," Rose said in an interview with The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio earlier this week.

"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.