I can't help it. Pete Rose got EXACTLY what he knew was coming, and he kept on betting. He was not and still is not bigger than the game, as he has found out. If Barry Bonds never gets into the hall, I'm ok with that as long as Pete does not. Not that I think cheating like Bonds did isn't much worse than what Pete did, both thought they could just keep getting away with it. Nobody is allowed to be above the game, period.
You can't bet on the sport you participated in period. He should never be allowed back into baseball. As for the hall until he wrote the book and admitted guilt to help with sales I would have put him in. I thought he had served his time. Not now. As for the men who took steroids I'd vote for all of them. Those inside baseball knew what they were doing. They made a lot of money off of them. That includes the press. If they weren't high and mighty about stopping it when it was going on then don't be high and mighty now.
It depends on the criteria. For his baseball play he deserves to be in. For is off the field behavior, he clearly didn't represent the game well.
Because he didn't represent the game well shouldn't fully bar him from the Hall of Fame. If they banned people for everything that they've done off the field, there's a lot of people coming in within the next decade who shouldn't deserve it, but they will be in there without a doubt. Pete Rose was a victim of a having to become the setup man for what not to do. Pete Rose's ban shows the Commissioner of baseball has power and he can flex it when he wants to and when he doesn't.
Ya, but see betting on baseball has always been a lifetime banishment, Shoeless Joe Jackson was the poster boy for that. The commish has always had the power, but rarely uses is, more so I think for instances like Rose and eventually Bonds, when players get bigger than the game.
I think Pete deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for the only criteria that should matter: his on-field contribution to the game of baseball.
Rose took 15 years to admit he did something wrong publicly, and he only did it to boost his own book sales. If he had come clean in 1989, joined a gambling addiction support group, and been a better ambassador to the game of baseball, I would have been ok with a 20-year ban. Instead, he claimed he never bet on the game, spent two decades petitioning to be reinstated, went to Cooperstown every year during induction weekend just to steal some of the limelight and make $50 a pop for his autograph, and finally came clean in a book that probably made him millions. No, I think the ban should stay.
by Joseph Frankina III 5 years ago
He was caught gambling. He has been permanently banned from baseball including the Hall of Fame. Is this a fair punishment? Are there other players who have committed worse crimes who are not banned from the game or the Hall of Fame? Should they be banned?
by mintinfo 5 years ago
Should Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?The Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for 2013 was just released. Given these players alleged steroid involvement, should they be voted in the Hall?
by RKHenry 9 years ago
With all the steroids and drug use in baseball- why the hell is Pete Rose still banned from the Hall of Fame? You got all these guys messing with the game, just like Pete did- and they get more money, play, and are admitted into the Hall of Fame. But then here is Pete- one of the best...
by CJ Kelly 5 years ago
Does Mark McGwire deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?My opinion is absolutely not. He clearly benefitted from juicing and his performance in front of Congress was disgraceful. I would vote in Bonds and Clemens, but no one else from that era.
by seattleamilehigh1 6 years ago
Interesting findings, people voted on my Hub related to the two and shockingly (to me anyway) 57% of them said yes to Barry Bonds going to the hall of fame, and 67% said NO to Pete Rose. Funny how the world works...
by Kevin W 5 years ago
In my opinion, Pete Rose is the greatest hitter to ever step on a baseball field and should be in the Hall of Fame. I'm sure there are players in the HOF that have also done some immoral things in their time. Isn't the HOF based on the players performance on the field? Should the steroid era...
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