Pete Rose: Lifetime suspension "cost me $100 million dollars"

The Detroit News
Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose watches the action from the dugout at Riverfront Stadium in 1989 during their National League game with the Atlanta Braves.

Three-time World Series champion Pete Rose says Major League Baseball's lifetime suspension for betting on the game "cost me $100 million dollars."

"I screwed up," Rose said on the "No Filter" podcast with Eli Zaret, Bob Page and former Tigers pitcher Denny McLain. "I would've been managing the Reds for $3-4 million a year and all of the off-field stuff.

"For people to say I haven't been punished enough, they don't know what they're talking about. I'm a perfect example. Break the rules, suffer the consequences." 

Rose, the all-time leader in hits with 3,215, and McLain, who won 31 games for the 1968 World Series-champion Tigers, are the only two players since the Black Sox scandal of 1919 to be suspended for gambling.

"Seventeen states have legalized gambling," McLain said. "If this is going to be legal, then what we've done should be wiped clean."

Rose, who was suspended in 1989 says he knows "he has no chance of getting in the Hall until I die."

"They’ve always looked at gambling different than drugs, spousal beating, alcoholism and I know what happened in 1919," Rose said. "But this is 2019."