Pete Rose on Hall: ‘I will get in, may not be alive to see it’

  • David Whitlock
Credit: David Kohl / AP

Rose hopes to tip his cap in Cooperstown
Credit: David Kohl / AP

In light of recent transgressions by a generation of PED-using players, suddenly the sins of Pete Rose really don’t seem so bad in context.  Yet the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball seems indifferent toward discussing any sort of relief in his lifetime ban.  Pete Rose himself hasn’t exactly played his cards right.  He’s been angry.  Defiant.  Accusatory.  Curmudgeon.  Only lately has he shown a hit of remorse.  Not coincidentally as he enters his eighth generation on this Earth (Rose is 73).  Given where he is and his time left, Rose things he’ll eventually be forgiven.  But may not be alive to see it.  A snippet of CBS News has Rose in his own words.  Sporting News summarized the thoughts

“I don’t know if I’m going to live to see it,” Rose tells CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood’s Lee Cowan. “Someone, at some period of time, will feel it in their heart to give me a second chance. I might be six feet under, but that’s what you have to live with.”

The full interview will air Sunday morning on CBS.  Pete Rose “voluntarily withdrew” from the game by in an agreement with A. Bart Giamatti in 1989 citing substantial evidence of gambling on baseball games in which he had influence.  Which is a cardinal sin (just ask Shoeless Joe Jackson).  He would be eligible to apply for reinstatement a year later.  However, the sudden passing of Giamatti 8 days after the ban probably worked against him as those who succeeded the late commissioner seemed to want to leave that alone as his legacy.  Some feel that Bud Selig, in his final months as commissioner, might give a last minute pardon.  It is the ban from baseball that keeps Rose off the Hall of Fame ballot.  The all-time leader in career hits would likely be easily voted in (17 All-Star appearances, MVP, Gold Gloves, and Rookie of the Year Awards).  Unless the skeptical media wanted to play jury as well.  Which they have done for those accused of PEDs.  This story is nowhere near over…

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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