MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is considering reinstating Pete Rose. According to the New York Daily News, Selig has been seriously considering the reinstatement of Pete Rose, almost 20 years after he was banned from baseball for betting on games. The debate will rage about whether someone that bet on baseball should be allowed to come back to the game, and it may even divide those who have a vote on the Hall of Fame committees. It could also prove to be very interesting if Pete Rose is reinstated, because then it would make him eligible to be placed in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life by Commissioner Bart Giamatti, who felt that Rose had tarnished the game with his gambling. Pete Rose had allegedly bet on baseball games while he was a player and manager for the Cincinnati Reds, and that is something that is just not allowed in the game. He denied everything at first, but information leaked out to the point where he finally admitted to the gambling, but continued to state that he never bet on games where his team was playing. Some refute that claim by Rose, and some even think that he bet on games where he could have affected the outcome. That is where the main contention of whether he should be allowed back in baseball may lie.
During the career of Pete Rose, which spanned over 24 seasons of play, Rose played for the Cincinnati Reds, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Montreal Expos. He was a part of “The Big Red Machine” and helped with the success of the Reds in the 1970’s with some amazing games. He rarely missed games during the peak of his career, and eight times he played the full schedule for his teams. Pete Rose is the all time hits leader, finishing his career with 4,256 total hits, which go along with his 2,165 runs scored, 746 doubles, and a career batting average of .303. Pete Rose won the Rookie of the Year back in 1963, the MVP in 1973, and played for six World Series teams. Pete Rose helped teams win the World Series in 1975 (Reds), 1976 (Reds), and 1980 (Phillies).
There is no debate about whether Pete Rose was a great baseball player, as he was one of those players that gave everything he had on the field. He had an amazing career that spanned three decades, and he even proved that he was a great post-season player. This is why so many people feel he should be in the Hall of Fame, but first he would have to be reinstated by Commissioner Bud Selig. No decision timetable has been set, so it’s all conjecture at this point. If he does get brought back, it will be up to the Veterans Committee (all living Hall of Fame members) to vote as to whether or not Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.
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