Reds owner makes intriguing comment regarding Pete Rose and 2015 All-Star game

  • David Whitlock

Despite a lifetime “ban” from baseball, it appears Major League Baseball’s all time hits king will be on the field for one of the league’s showcase games in 2015.  The All-Star game this year will be held in Cincinnati, and according to Reds majority owner Bob Castellini, their home town hero will be a part of the festivities (via Mark Sheldon on twitter, Reds beat writer for MLB.com):

There have been recent times when Rose’s ban has not precluded him from being a part of official events.  Matt Snyder of CBS Eye on Baseball notes that Rose regularly appears at Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame events and fans will remember the exception that allowed him to participate in the MLB All-Century team ceremonies.

Rose's crime seems much less severe over the years Credit: AP

Rose’s crime seems much less severe over the years
Credit: AP

From my knothole, it appears that if there were a time that Rose might have the ban lifted, it would be very soon.  Most of the criticism (particularly when it comes to the Hall of Fame) surrounds the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs).  Questions are being asked if Rose’s crime is worse than those who used PEDs to rewrite the sacred record book.  Legitimate questions.  Commissioner Bud Selig (who has not been a Rose supporter) will be retiring this month and Robert Manfred (a Selig disciple) will take over.  Selig and Rose butted heads early in Selig’s tenure and that seemed to seal Rose’s fate.

Pete Rose is 73 years old.  Most fans remember in 1999 when Ted Williams was honored at Fenway Park in his last significant appearance at a Major League Baseball event.  He was 80 at the time (and died 3 years later).  The time to reinstate Rose is now.  Given the climate of the game and the PED crisis of the 1990s and 2000s, Rose should be brought back into the inner circle of baseball.  His hit record was come about honestly.  His legacy should be forever.  And his bust should be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

– 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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