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Whether you like Pete Rose or not it is completely irrelevant; he belongs in the MLB Hall of Fame, period. The guy has over 4,000 hits and is arguably one of the three best hitters the game has ever seen.
Sure he bet on games but there are a lot of players that have done awful things in the game and outside of the game. Gambling is an addiction that can cause serious problems for people who do not know when to stop and Rose is a great example but to keep him out of the HOF is absurd.
How about Ty Cobb then? He used to intentionally jump up and cleat people and there are even rumors they tipped pitches back then. How is this proper MLB etiquette? Worst of all, the man keeping Rose out of the Hall of Fame is the biggest hypocrite of them all.
Bud Selig trash talks Rose and discusses how awful gambling on the game is. I have no argument with the gambling lifestyle but if Bud is such an expert on being true to the game then why don't we ask him about the "Steroid Era." Hey Bud did you have any clue that a jacked Mark McGwire and a ripped Sammy Sosa could go from never hitting more than 50 homers to hitting over 60 in consecutive seasons?
How about this Bud, how is it that Jose Canseco came out and said he was "black-balled" from the game and everyone turned their head and laughed at him. Suddenly, a couple of years later it came out why he was "black-balled", because everyone knew he was going to air MLB'S dirty laundry for the public to see.
You stood up, clapped ,and kissed McGwire's steroid injected butt when he broke the single season home run record but when Bonds does it you sit stuck in your seat as if NOW you had an issue with it. Why Bud, because it wasn't a time when the MLB needed attention? The strike, also under you, damaged the game and fans and you knew the only way to get ballparks full and ratings sky high again was to turn a blind eye to the use of steroids.
Again, some believe Rose deserves in while others think he doesn't. That is fine but I hardly think it is appropriate for a guy like Bud Selig who contributed to the huge problem in baseball, to keep a guy out of the HOF for breaking the code of the game.
Selig is hypocritical and the wrong guy to judge what integrity is or is not. I love the game of baseball but I will love it even more when Selig leaves the game.
I will never understand Bud Selig and why Pete Rose is not in the Hall of Fame...