Let Pete Rose Back In Baseball Debate

Pete Rose Would Like To Be Eligible For Hall Of Fame

The Pete Rose discussion is a very interesting one. Since he gambled on baseball games, and was caught, he agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball.

This situation is a really tough one since the switch-hitting Pete Rose is the all-time Major League leader in hits and games played and made 17 All-Star appearances.

Too bad he is ineligible for the Hall of Fame because he had an incredible career.

Take A Look At An Article Written This Year About Pete Rose:

Pete Rose didn’t want it to be about him, not on a day when four new members were elected to baseball’s most exclusive club.

Invariably, though, the talk returned to baseball’s all-time hit king. Had to, because there’s a big gap in Cooperstown where his Hall of Fame plaque should be.

It’s been a quarter-century since Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport for betting on games, and almost that long since the Hall of Fame adjusted its rules to keep him off the ballot. Rose thought when Commissioner Bart Giamatti issued the ban that it would include a chance to apply for reinstatement, but 25 years later there’s been no sign that baseball will welcome him back.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens may someday find their way into the Hall despite being poster boys for the steroid era. Time has a way of healing all wounds, even those that were self-inflicted, and their monster numbers may impress some more voters a few years down the road.

But time is running out on Rose. He’ll be 74 in April and there’s been no indication so far from Rob Manfred that he will be any more agreeable to Rose’s reinstatement when he takes over from Bud Selig as commissioner later this month than Selig himself was.

”I’m not eligible, though I’d like to be eligible,” Rose said. ”I’m the one that messed up, but if I’m ever put on the ballot I’ll be very happy about it.”

So would a lot of Rose fans, who can’t help but wonder why the juicers who made a mockery of the sport are still welcome in baseball while Rose is on the outside looking in. No matter how you feel about him betting on games, no one questions his numbers as they do those of several players who were on the latest Hall of Fame ballots.

Those numbers more than speak for themselves. Rose played more games (3,562) than any other major leaguer, had more hits than any other player (4,256). He played in six World Series, winning three, and hustled every step of the way.

He didn’t pump steroids into his body to hit more home runs. He never tried to fix a World Series; not even a spring training game.

Source: Tim Dahlberg