Serving his own ban for life, Pete Rose has some advice for Alex Rodriguez and everyone else suspended for their roles in the Biogenesis scandal: come clean.
"We have to get these people to understand that if you make mistakes, people will forgive you if you come forward," Rose told USA Today Sports. "Don't do like I did. Don't do like [Ryan] Braun did. Don't do like A-Rod did."
"I wish I had come forward a long time ago. Some guys came forward, like [Jason] Giambi, like [Andy] Pettitte. And they went on with their lives. They're playing and they're making good money, and there's no shadow upon them right now."
Rose, the all-time leader with 4,256 hits, has been banned from baseball since 1989 after it was learned he bet on the sport while serving as a manager for the Cincinnati Reds.
The 17-time All-Star said he hopes Rodriguez "has a good ending of the season," and he doesn't understand why people are upset with the New York Yankees slugger for playing during his appeal.
"It sounds to me like he thinks he got a lot more than Ryan Braun, and basically he might have done the same thing," Rose told USA Today Sports. "Baseball and the players' association have rules. If you stay within the rules -- which say that you can play while you're appealing -- I don't see what anyone would be in arms about."
While details of the investigation's findings have not been released, the Yankees have said they expected Rodriguez to be accused of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, attempting to obstruct MLB's investigation and not being truthful with MLB in the past when he discussed his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States from Canada.
For Braun, only 50 games of his 65-game penalty were connected to Biogenesis, according to an Associated Press report citing unnamed sources. The additional 15 games stemmed from Braun's actions during a grievance that overturned his positive test from October 2011, the report said.
Rose also came to the defense of suspended players Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers, saying they should be allowed to play in the postseason if their 50-game suspension is up and their teams make the playoffs.
"If you get a three-month suspension for driving while you're intoxicated, you can drive at three months and one day," Rose told the newspaper. "If they're suspended 50 days, and they do their 50 days, they should be able to play on their 51st day. If they didn't want them to play, they should've given them 65 days."
Rose, weighing in last month in the wake of the Braun suspension news, said he empathized with commissioner Bug Selig.
"We guys -- and I'm talking about me -- we guys make this guy's job so tough," Rose told ESPN Radio's "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" show, adding he wished he could tour minor league spring training camps and talk to young players.
"Tell them what not to do and look at what happened to me, and go from there. I think I could get through to some of these guys who are thinking about taking steroids, or thinking about doing this, or thinking about doing that.
"You know, when you're 18, 19, 20-years-old it's pretty easy to be led down the wrong path," Rose said. "And I just think with my experience -- it just seems like we all think we can get away with something. ... I just think if baseball gave me the opportunity I could help the game. I think I could help restore some integrity to the game as far as what's going on in it right now."