Pete Rose deserves to be in the Hall Of Fame, period! Major League Baseball, however, disagrees. In 1989, the Commissioner’s Office handed Pete a lifetime ban from baseball for gambling.
September 11th marked the anniversary of his record breaking 4,192 career hit. Last night, Bud Selig allowed Rose to step out onto the field in Cinncinatti for the first time since the ban. It is about time.
Pete Rose made a mistake. While managing the Reds, Pete bet on his team to win. He never bet against the Reds. The games were not fixed.
Rose was just confident in his ballclub and put his money where his mouth was. Of course, that is against the rules.
Rose admitted his crime but not right away.
When Bart Giamatti asked Pete to be honest, Pete repeatedly denied that he bet on baseball.
When the evidence surfaced, Giamatti was furious that Rose had lied and brought the hammer down. Roger Clemens finds himself in a similar predicament. After all, if the truth be known, the Hall of Fame would be out of reach.
Pete Rose made a terrible mistake and was handed MLB’s death sentence.
Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame Commitee expect baseball players to be perfect role models, untainted and pure. In recent years, highlighted by the steroid era, baseball fans have begun to realize that baseball players are not perfect, some have broke the rules and cheated. Steroids have tainted the game.
Pure and simple. Learning that the homerun kings of our generation accomplished their feats unfairly, the game has come under a great deal of scrutiny. The homerun record have fallen into question and the players involved may never make it to the Hall Of Fame. Why haven’t they been banned like Pete Rose was?
Alex Rodriguez finally admiited his involvement with steroids and yet plays on. A-Rod gets to stay in the game and chase the homerun milestones. Why? Is he special? MLB has proven that it has double standards in these matters. Let’s face it, there is favortism, grudges, and stubborn pride in the Commissioner’s Office. Bud Selig did the right thing by letting Pete Rose celebrate his accomplishment but should also lift the ban. Pete Rose has paid the price and deserves a second chance. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Look at his numbers, which speak for themselves. The only thing that matters is what Pete Rose meant to the game of baseball. He has Hall of Fame written all over him.
Pete Rose exemplified what the game of baseball is all about. He inspired everyone with his hard-nosed, hard working, work ethic. His head and his heart were always in the game. His nickname was “Charlie Hustle” because he gave 100 per cent every moment of the game. If he grounded the ball back to the pitcher, normally an easy out where most batters would immediately give up and stop running, Pete would sprint down to first and try to beat it out. Pete Rose gave his all, every play, no matter what. He was a special player. He was the spark of The Big Red Machine’s offense. He was the leader that set the example. He was my boyhood hero.
In 1977, I went to my first Major League game. The Cubs played the Reds at Riverfront stadium and I was in awe. I couldn’t take my eyes off of Pete Rose. Charle Hustle lived up to his name and he made the game exciting. Even then, I knew I was watching a Hall Of Famer. Pete Rose is a living legend to me. Regardless of his lifetime suspension, I will always consider Pete Rose, one of the best to ever play the game of baseball. It was Pete Rose who inspired me to follow baseball religiously. As a boy, I dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. I wanted to be like Pete Rose. He was the reason I played baseball. He was the reason that I lived for baseball. He was the reason that I became obsessed with baseball.
Pete Rose deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, period!