Not only can I name five very good reasons why the man above, the greatest baseball player to ever play the game, should be sitting in baseball's Hall of Fame.
Pete Rose is the face of America's "true" baseball player.
In his career Rose had more hits, and played more games, than any other player in history. Yet he is still to this day on the outside looking in at the one thing his career needs to be complete.
As I said above, there are plenty of reasons why this man should be in the Hall. It's a shame what baseball lets go on today, and yet this man is still not in.
Pete is a hero of mine. I love the man to death. I still have hope that one day, someday, he will get what he deserves. Because nobody deserves it more than this man.
No man will ever leave a baseball legacy like Rose did.
Sure, in basketball nobody will ever top Jordan. Football it's Jim Brown, or Montana. Hockey it's Gretzky. In America's game, it's Pete Rose.
Rose done so much for fans, for his team, and for himself in his years as a professional baseball player. I highly doubt he cared about himself.
That's another thing in itself. Rose was the ultimate team player. I bet if you were to ask any one of his teammates over the years, they would all say the same about Rose.
He was a hustler, he worked harder than anybody, he played the game the right way.
Still to this day, and for the test of time, people will never forget Pete Rose. The way he approached the game, the way he went about it, it was amazing. Everyone loved him, or hated him. There will never be another Pete Rose.
I truly believe every team in the MLB should retire the No. 14. It's the right thing to do. Pay the man the respect he earns, and dearly deserves.
Sure, maybe some will disagree with this reason, but in all reality, it's a very good one.
I understand players shouldn't be inducted into any Hall of Fame in any sport just based on their "heart," but Rose put more heart and soul into the game of baseball than any other man ever has and ever will.
From running down a fly ball, to running out a slow roller to the pitcher. Rose always hustled, always.
Even after a walk, or a foul ball, he was sprinting full speed to the desired base that he was going to. That's how he was, that's Pete Rose. That's the way the game should be played. And that's how he did it.
Now a days if a guy hits a slow roller to short, or third, they are just trotting along, and they are usually thrown out by miles. Pete Rose beat out a many of balls that guys these days don't even care about.
Pete didn't do it because of the stats either, he did it because it would help his team. That was his No. 1 goal. How many players are like that today? I could maybe count them on two hands. That's a big maybe.
His heart was the biggest key to his success. Why shouldn't that be a reason for the man to get in? A player today with Pete Rose's heart, he is the best player in the game.
People need to look into Rose and his career. Watch game film. Watch the man play. Most who say he doesn't deserve to be in, probably never even saw an at-bat by the man. It's a shame.
Pete Rose played on so many good teams back in his playing days, it isn't even funny...from the Phillies to the Expos to his two terms with the Reds.
Rose was a part of a lot of success in his days, especially in Cincinnati.
He played on three World Series championship teams, all with the Reds. Those champions, 1975, 1976, and 1980, were all special teams, partially because they had Rose on the roster.
The "Big Red Machine" teams of Cincinnati were among some of the greatest teams of all time. Rose was the key to those teams, and in winning back-to-back World Series titles.
Rose helped the Reds and Phillies to all three of those championships. Without Rose, I don't see either team winning one of them.
Rose played a crucial role in the success for both squads, and for the Montreal Expos.
He spent just a year with the Expos, but picked up his 4,000th hit with the club.
All in all, Rose put up a lot of success for all the teams he was apart of. His teams were always competitive, and among the best in the league.
Sure, this is a top reason for any man trying to get a bid in the Hall of Fame for any sport.
But nobody has a better bit than this man for the Hall.
How about a lifetime .300 batting average?
Now for those who are not "baseball fanatics" or anything like that, and you just believe Rose should stay out because of his bad "rep," then let me explain this to you.
Hitting .300 in a single season is a pretty special and big accomplishment. Try doing it for 24 years.
Yes, that's 24 straight years of hitting .300. That's amazing.
Well how about holding the records for most career singles, 3,215 of them. Most career runs by a switch hitter, 2,165. Most career doubles by a switch hitter, 746.
Most seasons of 200 or more hits, 10 of them. Most consecutive seasons with 100 or more hits, 23 years. That's 23 of his 24 career seasons.
How about his awards? The NL MVP in 1975. The NL Rookie of the Year. Two Gold Glove awards. How about 17 All-Star Game selections. Also the 1975 World Series MVP. Oh, and the man has three World Series rings.
Well I happened to save the best for last. The one record that I hope will never, ever, be broken. His all time record for career hits.
4,256. That's a whole lot of hits.
Rose holds the MLB record with those amazing numbers. He broke legend Ty Cobb's record in September 1985.
Those numbers don't lie. How can a man with those kind of stats, not be in the Hall of Fame?
That's like Michael Jordan doing all he did in his career, and then not being inducted into the one place he always dreamed about being.
Well, I will admit there is a big difference between MJ's and "Charlie Hustle's" situations.
Please read on to the No. 1 reason, it is the best.
That's right. As bad as it may sound, it's actually true.
Well it is in my eyes at least, and let me tell you how.
Rose was officially knocked out of baseball in 1989. After allegations of Rose betting on baseball spread all over the sports world, Rose and his time in baseball had came to an end.
Now, I do understand what he did was wrong. He can admit that, so can I. But, how can a man who bet on baseball, didn't cheat for his team, didn't use special bats and balls, put special powders or anything in their hats, just bet on his team, be punished for all these years. Then you have guys who take steroids, cheat not only for themselves, but cheat the people of baseball, get away with it, and only be slapped on the hand with a 50 to 100 game suspension?
I have wondered about this topic for years now. I see my hero, the man I have looked up to for years, sit back and be slapped all over, while I see A-Rod come clean about using steroids, and he has just returned from the disabled list and is now playing. How can this happen?
I hope I'm not the only person who feels this way. How can you do something like that, and basically get away with it?
That's like robbing a bank and the cops come to arrest you, and they just let you walk. Well I guess they could throw you in a cell for a night then release you. That would be about equal to baseballs "slap on the hand".
My point, Rose deserves to be in, and he deserves it more than anybody. If a guy can use performance enhancing drugs, get away with it, have a great career, and be a cheater, then how can Pete Rose not be in the Hall of Fame? Baseball is a shame now, and it has really let me down over the years.
Baseball needs to realize these cheaters don't deserve to even be in the game today, and Rose can't even be reinstated in the game.
It's a shame, and I really hope it doesn't continue. I will always support Pete Rose and everything he does. Hopefully we can both see the day he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
And if that day comes, you better believe I'll be there to see it.