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"Braun's got to feel pretty fortunate to only get 65 games, because they're really cracking down on it," [Pete Rose] said. "He did like I did. He disappointed a lot of people. Deceived a lot of people. And if you get anything out of it, I think the young players should take one thing away from it: Don't lie. All they have to do is watch what happened to me, and that would teach you, don't lie."
But even as an indomitable baseball fan enduring the sport's harshest ban, Rose will not say whether he thinks the league's current system of suspensions for performance-enhancing drug use is appropriate punishment.
"I've been suspended, in August, 24 years," he said. "Is that fair? I don't know. What's worse? They're both bad."
But the most important thing in baseball — the history of baseball — is the stats. I did nothing to alter any stats. I did nothing that would (tick) Babe Ruth off. I did nothing that would (tick) Roger Maris off. I did nothing that would (tick) Ty Cobb off. So I guess my question would be — wouldn't it be nice if you could talk to Roger Maris or Babe Ruth? Hank Aaron won't talk about it. Those are the guys whose records have been assaulted by steroids. Not my record. And if someone ever got 4,257 hits that was linked to steroids, I'd have something to tell you about it."
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