Bud Selig is “seriously considering” reinstating Pete Rose to baseball so he would be eligible for a Hall of Fame nomination. Rose was banned after being accused of betting on baseball. If Rose is allowed back into baseball, he would make his first appearance on the ballot. 65 members of the Hall’s selection committee can mull over whether or not he should be inducted and Rose will be allowed on the ballot for 15 years. If he isn’t inducted in 15 years, Rose will be permanently left out.
Rose is considered to be one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game. He played from 1963-1986, mostly with the Cincinnati Reds and partial for the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos. During his career, he batted .303 with 4256 hits, the most in the history of the game. Rose has also been selected to the All Star game 17 times, won three World Series rings (two with the Reds and one with the Phillies), and earned the ROY award (1963) and NL MVP (1973).
Rose should never have been banned from baseball in the first place. Even though he bet on baseball during his time as a manager and probably a player, that should never have hindered his accolades on the field. As a player and manager, Rose is one of the greatest ever. Selig should reinstate him, the first good thing he has done for baseball in his tenure as commissioner.
Next step: Reinstating Shoeless Joe Jackson.
EDIT! : Selig denied any claim that he was considering reinstating Rose. The link above was updated by ESPN. Here is what was originally written:
MLB commissioner Bud Selig appears to be “seriously considering” reinstatement for Pete Rose nearly 20 years after the hit king was banned from baseball for gambling on the sport, according to a report in the New York Daily News.