Reinstate Pete Rose
Reinstate Pete Rose
The Banning of Pete Rose refers to a 1989 agreement between Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti and Pete Rose whereby Rose agreed to be banned from baseball for life in return for baseball not making a formal determination about whether or not he had bet on baseball.
Rose, baseball’s all-time hit king, is 78 years old. He’s not going to work in baseball again.
Rose simply wants to be on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, letting the Baseball Writers Association of America decide his fate.
Yet, when he signed the agreement, he was unaware the Hall of Fame would pass a rule two years later banning any player on MLB’s ineligible list to be on the Hall of Fame ballot, whether dead or alive. Having known this would happen would he have agreed to the aforementioned terms?
He has never appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot.
Amazing Stats about the would be HOF player, Pete Rose:
Pete Rose remains to this day the all-time Major League leader in hits (4,256 / #1 in Top 1,000 / 3,000 Hits Club leader / Significant Hits table), games played (3,562 / #1 in Top 1,000), at-bats (14,053 / #1 in Top 1,000), and singles (3,215) He has won three World Series rings (1975, 1976, 1980), three batting titles (1968, 1969, 1973), one Most Valuable Player Award (1973), two Gold Gloves(1969 & 1970), the Rookie of the Year Award, made seventeen All-Star appearances at an unequaled five different positions (2B, LF, RF, 3B, & 1B), once played in 745 consecutive games (#12 All-Time / 09-02-1978 thru 08-23-1983), had a 44-game hitting streak in 1978 (#3 All-Time / Pete Rose Streak) and is the only player in big league history to play at least five-hundred games at five separate positions (1B, 2B, 3B, LF and RF)
Considering the current scandals surrounding sign stealing by the Houston Astros resulting in winning the World Series pennant in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers (again in 2018 against the Boston Red Sox ((oddly enough the Boston Red Sox had signs stolen and stole signs themselves, too)) with little to no repercussions it’s only fair to question whether or not Pete Rose should be given a second chance.
If it were not for this black listing there is no doubt that Pete Rose would be adorned in the Baseball Hall of Fame where he rightfully deserves to hang his hat upon an otherwise stellar career that not even the likes of steroid abusers (another scandal in itself) could negate.
JUSTICE FOR CHARLIE HUSTLE!!!
Nightengale, Bob. (2/5/2020) USA Today article. Opinion Piece.
Baseball Almanac. Internet search. (2/6/2020)