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Rose on Mitchell report: Steroids users 'making a mockery' of baseball

NEW YORK -- Pete Rose thinks players who use steroids and
other performance-enhancing drugs are "making a mockery" of
baseball.

The career hits leader, banned by the sport for gambling,
weighed in on the Mitchell report in an interview with Dennis
Miller that was slated to air Wednesday night on VERSUS.

Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada and Andy Pettitte were among the
big stars implicated in last week's report by former Senate
Majority Leader George Mitchell on performance-enhancing drugs in
baseball.

Clemens denied the allegations. Pettitte acknowledged last
weekend that he used human growth hormone twice while rehabbing
from an injury in 2002.

"I never thought anybody would make me look like an altar
boy," Rose said.

"I've been suspended 18 years for betting on my own team to
win," he added. "I was wrong ... but these guys today, if the
allegations are true, they're making a mockery of the game."

Rose was banished from baseball for life in 1989 for betting on
games while he was manager of the Cincinnati Reds, his former team.
He denied the gambling allegations until 2004, when he came clean
in his autobiography. He is not eligible for the Hall of Fame.

"If you're going to put these guys that supposedly did steroids
into the Hall of Fame, I mean I've got to get a shot somewhere,"
he said.

Rose finished with 4,256 hits, breaking Ty Cobb's career record.

And if steroids were prevalent in his day?

"I would have got 5,000 hits," he said.