Pete Rose is the all-time leader in hits, games played, plate appearances, and at-bats. He’s a former Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. He’s also a three-time world champion and a World Series MVP. But Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully still thinks Rose shouldn’t be put in the Hall of Fame.
Then again, Scully isn’t alone in that regard. Major League Baseball has yet to lift the lifetime ban that was implemented in 1989, so those people wanting Rose to get into the Hall will have to wait until he’s formally reinstated, but that doesn’t seem as if it will be coming anytime soon. Still, Scully wouldn’t put him in.
“I wouldn’t,” Scully said. “Should he be in? He should be. But by his own hand, he locked the door and kept himself outside.”
It’s hard to argue with the logic at play here. Rose did sort of keep himself outside by accepting the lifetime ban due to his gambling on the game when he happened to be a manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Yet, at the same time, the Hall of Fame does seem like it’s missing something substantial.
When the Hall has players in there who admitted to cheating or played in an era that was prone to cheating, it leads you to wonder why Rose isn’t actually in there with him. They could probably even put in a new wing of the Hall where it highlights those who disparaged the game.
The cool thing is that Scully does say Rose should be in, and he is right that this is on Rose for even being in this situation where his Hall of Fame enshrinement is a pipe dream rather than a reality. Rose is 74 now, and it’s unlikely he gets reinstated and elected anytime soon.