Should Pete Rose be allowed into the Hall of Fame? | The Tylt
Should Pete Rose be allowed into the Hall of Fame?
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 that he was.
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. 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 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. 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 wrong doing until 2004 when he finally admitted to betting on baseball while playing/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. For putting the game at risk, Rose should be permanently banned from the Hall of Fame and baseball.
Not only did he bet on baseball, not even his hits may be legitimate. Two sports memorabilia collectors who owned Rose bats had them X-rayed, and found signs the lumber was corked. Charlie Hustle was a cheater through and through.