For Pete Rose, this is a baseball gamble worth taking.
In a 20-page document delivered Wednesday to commissioner Rob Manfred and other MLB officials, Rose’s attorneys made the latest case why their client should be reinstated off the permanently ineligible list and, particularly, become eligible for the Hall of Fame.
Rose has been tried before, but this might be his, um, best bet.
The non-punishments doled out to Astros players from the illegal sign-stealing investigation and MLB’s expanding footprint into the gambling world provide the Rose camp further ammunition to implore Manfred to take Rose off the permanently ineligible list. That would namely provide Rose a potential avenue for Hall of Fame consideration.
I have always thought Rose should have been on the writers’ ballot. I was among those who wrote in his name annually during what would have been his eligibility period, as much as a protest against the Hall not trusting the writers with this decision as anything.
Remember, in 1989 then-commissioner Bart Giamatti permanently banned Rose, but that did not take away Rose’s right to be on the ballot. The Hall did that unilaterally two years later as a…