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Pete Rose

March 25, 2015

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Pete Rose has officially submitted a new request to be reinstated to baseball. Major League Baseball’s new commissioner, Rob Manfred, now has a decision to make. If Manfred reinstates Rose, Rose would be able to coach or manage for any of the Major League teams. It would also open up the possibility of Rose being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Technically, Manfred’s decision will not directly affect whether or not Rose is on the Hall of Fame ballot. According to BBWAA’s Rules For Election 3-E, “Any player on Baseball’s ineligible list shall not be an eligible candidate.” That is the part that Manfred’s decision could allow Rose to be eligible.

However, Rule 3A states that, “A baseball player must have been active as a player in the Major Leagues at some time during a period beginning fifteen (15) years before and ending five (5) years prior to election.” That would pose a problem for Rose, as he has not played in over 25 years.

Now that we have looked at why Rose will have a problem entering the Hall, I would like to break down the reasons that he should be in.

First of all, there are the obvious reasons. He has the most base hits (4256) in baseball history. Anytime you have the most of any of the basic stats in Major League history, you should be in the Hall. He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1963. He was voted the NL MVP in 1973. He played in 6 World Series, winning 3 of them. He was awarded the World Series MVP in 1975.

Then there are some lesser talked about items of interest. Rose was a 17-time All Star who started 8 times. He started the All Star game at 5 positions. Yes, 5: second base (1963), left field (1973, 1974), right field (1975), third base (1976, 1978), and first base (1981,1982).

Rose has played in the most games (3562), had the most plate appearances (15,890), the most at bats (14,053), and has hit the second most doubles (746) in Major League history. He led the National League in batting average 3 times, hits 7 times, runs scored 4 times, and doubles 5 times. His career spanned 24 years and 3 teams. He was known for his hustle and aggressive base running.

In short, his numbers speak for themselves. Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame. He bet on baseball and has been banned from the game. I get that. But that does not change the fact that he was one of the best players of his era. I would like to see the day that his career is honored with a plaque in Cooperstown.

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