One of the big reasons fans were happy to see a new MLB commissioner be put into place is because that means there is a good chance legendary baseball player Pete Rose will actually be allowed to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Fans are not alone in thinking that way. Rose is hopeful that he will receive a second chance from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
“I’ve been led to believe America is a forgiving country, and if you do the right things – keep your nose clean, be a good citizen, pay your taxes, do all the things you’re supposed to do – eventually you’ll get a second chance,” Rose said, according to an interview conducted by ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap.
Rose was banned from baseball once it was revealed he had bet on games as a manager of the Cincinnati Reds. There was no evidence that Rose actually bet against the Reds. However, lawyer John M. Dowd, who was retained to investigate Rose’s gambling, stated in 2002 that he believed Rose did in fact bet against Cincinnati.
There were several reinstatement efforts, but unfortunately, none of them ever came to fruition. Even though former commissioner Bud Selig stated on more than one occasion he would consider lifting the ban that was put in place by his predecessor, he still never acted on it. The hope is that Manfred will take a different approach with Rose.
No player has more career hits (4,256), singles (3,215), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053) and plate appearances (15,890) than Rose. On top of that, he is a three-time World Series champion, 17-time All-Star, three-time National League batting champion, World Series MVP (1975) and NL MVP (1973). For these reasons and many more, Rose absolutely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
I understand that betting on baseball is wrong when the person who is betting has a direct influence on the game. With that said, keeping Rose from entering the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player for something he did as a manager is ridiculous. He has suffered enough.