Thought about putting this in the Game Room forum, but I think it’s more of a debate topic given the divisiveness of the topic.
There have been rumors about Pete Rose being forgiven by the current commissioner of Major League Baseball, and potentially being put up for ballot to be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame (HOF). There has been substantial fan support for this move.
Rose holds the career record for most hits at 4,256.
Rose was banned from baseball for betting on baseball while a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. He has always contended that he never bet on baseball while a player.
Yesterday, ESPN’s Outside the Lines investigative sports news program released evidence that Rose did actually bet on baseball as a player.
I personally think that Rose’s ban should continue. Re-instating him would do nothing for the sport.
What I find more interesting is the groundswell of support by fans that think he should be in the Hall of Fame. The biggest argument I’ve heard is that the number of players that have violated the performance enhancing drug (PED’s) use policy that are eligible for consideration into the HOF.
Alexander Rodriguez, of the Yankees, who was found guilty of using PED’s was celebrated last week by the Yankees and its fans for making the 3,000 hit club.
As I was listening to some sports radio talk show last night on my drive home, I heard the most idiotic argument for Rose’s reinstatement from a caller. He compared Rose’s fall from grace and deserving of forgiveness to Tiger Wood’s affairs against his wife, and even how that affected his game, we all know that Tiger is the greatest golfer of all time. :smack:
I’m not sure you can find stats to support this, but I suspect that a large portion of the support for Rose’s reinstatement comes from a younger generation that’s used to getting participation ribbons/trophies for all.
So should Pete Rose be put in the MLB Hall of Fame?