As a fan of Baseball for my entire life (35 years), I have seen a fare share or scandals in the sport, and before many of our times there were plenty more.
The Pete Rose Betting Scandal is one of the most talked about, and further more one of the biggest non issues in professional sports. Until someone proves that his betting on baseball caused the outcome of any of the games he was involved in and bet on to change, there is absolutely no reason to keep his ban in place!
First off Pete Rose. The all time leader in more then four statistical categories, and a 17 time all star at an unbelievable 5 different positions which ranks 5th all time in all star appearances, add his 2 gold gloves, world series title and MVP of that world series, and a member of the all century team. Pete Rose is one of the best all around players in the history of the game. He bet on baseball, which happens everyday all over the country. It has been 20 years, and I feel it has been plenty of time, and its time we honor one of the true greats of the game! And it should be before he is gone, but Bud Selig is a shady, vindictive SOB and as long as he is in charge he will never see it happen! And what does Selig have to do with the Hall of Fame according to the Hall Of Fame's website The BBWAA is entrusted with voting who does and does not get inducted into the shrine!
The executive's of MLB are not The BBWAA so why is the Hall of Fame not taking action and working toward a resolution to end this ban and put Charlie Hustle where he belongs!
Further more I feel that if he had a vested/monetary interest in the games he bet on I think it would have been a stretch that he could get any of the players on his team to throw a game or play badly just so he could win a bet, which would further make the team look bad as well as implicate those players and cause some form of disciplinary for those players as well. But that didn't happen. So whats the big deal? And if Bud Selig allowed Pete to come back and participate in the ALL CENTURY TEAM ceremony, which to me was an unspoken reinstatement, if a player is banned for life then he is banned for life from any and all league activities period. Right? So then why is there still no formal and complete reinstatement?
Why is Pete Rose still outside looking in? Maybe its because if they reinstate him they think he will comeback to the game and manage or become a hitting coach, or some other job in baseball? How sweet would that be?