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Should Barry Bonds be in the Hall of Fame?

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Rick Robinson
Author, Writ of Mandamus
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      Rick Robinson

      Rick Robinson has spent thirty years in politics and law, including a stint on Capitol Hill as Legislative Director/Chief Counsel to then-Congressman Jim Bunning (R-KY). He has been active in all levels of politics, from advising candidates on the national level to walking door-to-door in city council races. He ran for the United States Congress in 1998.

      Rick’s first book, The Maximum Contribution, was named a “Finalist” in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Books Awards in the genre of political fiction. It also won an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival. Sniper Bid, was released on Election Day 2009 and opened on Amazon’s Top Seller list at #46 of political fiction. Sniper Bid earned 5 national awards: Finalist USA Book News Best Books of 2009; Finalist Best Indie Novel Next Generation Indie Books Awards; Runner-up at the 2009 Nashville Book Festival; Honorable Mentions at the 2008 New England Book Festival and the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival. Throughout 2009 both books appeared on Amazon’s Top Seller List on the same day.

      Rick’s third offering, Manifest Destiny, was released in the spring of 2010. It was named Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival, a Finalist for Best Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Best Fiction at the New York Book Festival, a Finalist as Best Thriller in the Indie Excellence Awards, and won Honorable mention in the Beach Book Festival, the Hollywood Book Festival and the San Francisco Book Festival.

      A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Rick currently practices law in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky with the law firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP. Rick, and his wife Linda, live in Ft. Mitchell with their three children, Josh, Zach and MacKenzie.

And what of Peter Edward Rose?

If baseball is willing to ignore the Steroid Era, it is certainly time to reconsider the Cooperstown fate of Pete Rose (and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson for that matter). Banned from baseball for violating its rules on gambling, Rose sits on the sidelines because his crime against the Boys of Summer reportedly affected the “integrity of the game.”

“Charlie Hustle” is the undisputed hit king of baseball, garnering 4,256 hits in his illustrious career. Pete Rose accomplished all he did on the field without the use of any performance-enhancing additives except hustle. Sorry, Derek Jeter fans, but no one will break Pete’s hit total in my lifetime.

Fans of the game do not understand why the standard applied to Pete Rose is not being applied to those who led the game during the Steroid Era. If Rose is out of Cooperstown because his gambling affected the integrity of the game, then the steroid users should ride the pine too.

Rick Robinson is the author of political thrillers which can be purchased on Amazon and at book stores everywhere. His latest novel, Manifest Destiny has won seven writing awards, including Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival.