Pete Rose is one of the best baseball players to ever lace up a pair of cleats. He holds the all time record for his in a career among other accomplishments and his resume is more than Hall of Fame worthy. The problem is that he decided to gamble on the game while he was a manager and is now serving a lifetime ban.
Since coming clean and owning up to his crimes to the game, Rose has been trying to earn his way back into the good graces of commissioners so that he could finally take his place in the Hall of Fame. While some don’t think Rose should be allowed to be reinstated, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark says he would like to see Rose back in baseball.
“I would love to see Pete reinstated,” Clark said. “He made a decision. He made a decision that was not the right decision. He made a decision that he has paid a price for.”
Three years after Rose retired in 1986, he agreed to a permanent ban from the game after being accused of gambling on games while he was a player and manager for the Cincinnati Reds.
Clark said he believes that Rose has served his time.
“I would love for there to be a consideration made on behalf of the commissioner’s office that would take that into account in reinstating him,” Clark said.
If Manfred reinstates Rose, he would then be eligible for the Hall of Fame.
Personally, I think Rose should be reinstated and elected to the Hall of Fame. Nobody is perfect, he has been held out long enough and is more than deserving. It’s not like Rose took PEDs during his playing career like most of the superstars during the 90’s and 2000’s, he gambled during his time as a manager. If players were allowed to lie about juicing and still be able to come back and play, then the all time hit king should be allowed to come back.
I doubt that the commish will reinstate him, but I think Rose should be given another shot.