Man, can baseball people hold a grudge. What Pete Rose did was inexcusable, but it isn’t unforgivable. After almost three decades of punishment, Rose deserves to be reinstated and honored for being the great player he was, especially if no Astros player or manager received a lifetime ban for getting caught stealing signs using technology.
At the time of his retirement, Rose was the all-time leader in hits, games played, and at-bats. He won three World Series championships, three batting titles, two Gold Gloves and one MVP award. The 17-time All-Star was one of the best players to ever step on the field.
Almost 30 years in exile should be enough punishment for a man who may have one of the most coveted and unbreakable records in baseball.
No matter how much he admits to or apologizes, Pete Rose needs to pay for his crimes against baseball. Stealing signs is frowned upon, steroids are dirty, but nothing is more damaging to a sport than a betting scandal involving a player or a coach.
Even if it is technically legal, sports betting while active in the league is the kind of disrespectful stain that should never be glossed over. It is an unforgivable offense, and he deserves to suffer the consequences forever.
After an investigation, Rose accepted permanent placement on the ineligible list in exchange for no formal finding in the inquiry. He continued to deny any wrongdoing until 2004, when he finally admitted to betting on baseball while playing and managing.
His admission puts into question the legitimacy of every game he was involved in. Was every game he played in tainted? Can any result be trusted for MLB? These are questions that can kill a sport. Just because betting is legal doesn't mean people should ignore his move that could have killed the sport. For putting the game at risk, Rose should be permanently banned from the Hall of Fame and baseball.