Let him in!

Pete Rose deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame


photo by Kerry Naylor

Cory Parson says Pete Rose deserves his spot in the Hall.

Cory Parson, Staff Writer

Fourteen-thousand fifty-three at-bats, 4,256 hits, 3,215 singles, 10,328 outs, and 3,562 games played. All records in the MLB, all owned by one player. This player is one of the best players to ever step on the diamond, but is not allowed into the Hall of Fame.

Two-thousand one-hundred sixty-five runs scored, 1,314 RBI’s, and a career batting average of .303. This man is without a doubt Hall of Fame worthy, considering that he leads the MLB record books in 5 categories, and accompanies that with a World Series ring.

This man was caught gambling one time, and now is banned from the Hall of Fame permanently. Is that really fair?

Absolutely not, and many people are with me on this topic. Pete Rose, aka Charlie Hustle, is undoubtedly one of the best baseball players to ever play the game, but off-field issues have put him on the permanently illegible list for the baseball Hall of Fame, which is complete garbage. Pete rose was banned back in 1989, and has since admitted to his wrong-doings and apologized to the entire baseball community for his actions. Pete Rose has learned his lesson and is now ready to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Players from the steroid era are still eligible for the Hall of Fame even though they changed baseball for the worse.

Rose has been itching to be in the HOF for over a decade, but hasn’t been allowed to enter yet. A vote was taken in December 2015, and again he was denied the honor. We are keeping one of the best players of his generation out of the Hall for one slip up – who decided that was fair? The poor man is deprived of a worthy achievement for all of his hard work on the field.

An article titled “Enough is Enough” by Kevin Kernan on the New York Post states that Pete Rose is one of the greatest players ever and it’s a “shame” and “depressing” that Rose’s lifetime ban hasn’t gone away yet and doesn’t appear to be leaving any time soon. Cincinnati is a proud city that loves its baseball and its heroes — even when they have done wrong.” Kernan continues, “I think Pete is a good person who made some horrible mistakes”

Some people believe that Rose changed the game of baseball by using his name to influence bets and generally hurt the league as a whole with his actions. But if you look at MLB in the 1990’s, the steroid era put a huge dent in baseball that hasn’t been fixed yet. Nonetheless, players from the steroid era are still eligible for the Hall of Fame even though they changed baseball for the worse.  Players like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Manny Ramirez haven’t made it into the HOF yet, but are definitely on their way despite using steroids.

So, after all is said and done, what’s the difference between them and Pete Rose?