December 02, 2004

All quiet on the Pete Rose front

As the 2005 Hall of Fame ballot is announced, former Phillie Pete Rose is ineligible once again. As time runs out, why isn’t he getting the support he did last year?

Rose must gain reinstatement within the next year to appear on the 2006 ballot, the final year he would be eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Remember this time last year, it seemed certain Rose would finally be reinstated since banishment on Aug. 23, 1989.

Baseball Prospectus reported in August of last year that Rose and MLB officials had reached an agreement that would allow him to return to baseball in 2004, that would include no admission of wrongdoing by Rose.

But in fact, Rose came forth with a personal admission to Commissioner Selig anyway, over a year before that, with the public admission happening just before the release of his book.

It must be that wretched book then, “My Prison Without Bars,” that awful memoir that only served to alienate him more from the baseball community. Think he’s still feeling strong?, which launched to coincide with the release of the book, hasn’t been updated since Jan. 7.

BPF take
Fifteen years is punishment enough and Rose should be reinstated in time for the 2006 ballot. Rose will be rewarded for being less visible and vocal since the book debacle, and my guess is Selig will make good on reinstatement within the next year.


At 2:29 PM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

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At 4:35 PM, Blogger el123chico said...

I think the only way Pete Rose gets on the ballot next year is if he is dead. That is the only way anyone will trust his intentions enough to not only put him on the ballot, but vote for him as well. The man just doesn't have the support he did just last year, that silly book (and the poor timing of it's release) did more harm than good. I hope he made good money from that, because he won't be making anymore.

At 7:19 AM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

Personally, I think Pete is an insufferable jerk, but feel the ban has gone on long enough. It's not a fight I'm willing to spill blood over or anything, just a casual feeling that if a team like the Tampa Bay Devil Rays wants to make him a Single-A hitting coach or whatever, why not? There's no doubt he'll earn a paycheck in baseball some day. No doubt.

As for the HOF, that's their call. I remember how he played, loved the way he played, that's all I need or anyone needs.


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