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Should Pete Rose be allowed into the Hall of Fame?

Let’s be clear about what the Hall of Fame is and what the discussion should be.

The Hall of Fame is baseball’s official museum. Every significant player, statistic and feat is recorded there and one cannot visit the Hall without seeing Pete Rose’s name everywhere. He is after all the all-time hits leader – 4256 – the most career games, winning games, at bats, outs, seasons with 200 hits, consecutive 100 hit seasons etc. So anyone saying Pete Rose isn’t in the Hall is factually inaccurate.

The discussion is/should be whether the man who achieved all those records is worthy of addition to a very select private club whose eligibility is regulated by certain criteria. Rose qualifies in all but one of those criteria, he is currently on MLB’s permanently ineligible list. The first argument then is whether he should he be removed from that list and the answer is no.

Rose knowingly and willfully broke baseball’s most historically sensitive rule; he gambled on the game while he was a player and a manager.

He swore for decades that he never bet on the game as a player or manager before eventually admitting betting but only in 1987/88. That is a lie.

In his admission he tried to make it sound like his baseball bets were rare instances. That too is a lie.

According to ESPN’s OTL: Notebook shows Rose bet on MLB as player Rose bet on the game while he was managing the Reds in 1986. The records they obtained show no instance that he bet on the Reds in the March-July 1986 period covered. They do however confirm what former federal prosecutor John Dowd said when he concluded his investigation for MLB; there is no doubt Rose bet on baseball while managing and playing.

Essentially Rose saw himself as above the rules feeling his accomplishments would bestow special status on his person. In many ways he reminds me of Richard Nixon who years after Watergate still felt he had been harshly judged. To this day Pete Rose feels under appreciated and hard done by and shows no genuine signs of remorse for his actions or his lies.

BBWAA Election Rules say that, “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”

Rose consistently demonstrated over decades – and still does in the matter of his gambling – a lack of integrity and character, first by breaking baseball’s cardinal rule then denying he broke the rules. That criteria alone disqualifies him.