Movement on reinstatement for Pete Rose? I’ll believe it when I see it, but it can’t hurt to have Hank Aaron lobbying for you. I also read elsewhere that Joe Morgan (who is pretty influential on the HOF committee) and Sparky Anderson are being vocal about it.
The sentiment seems to be “It’s been 20 years. Give Pete time served.”
Again, I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s not inconceivable that Rose could be reinstated with a stipulation that he can’t work within the game. Then Rose could be placed on the Veteran’s Committee ballot and all will be right with the world.
Quick story: my grandmother was a huge fan of Pete Rose and Johnny Bench back in the day. Nearly twenty years ago, she made me promise I’d take her to Cooperstown if Rose was ever elected to the Hall of Fame.
She’s going to be 82 years old in a couple of months (she was born the year Babe Ruth hit 60 homers). Who knows? Maybe we’ll be traveling up Cooperstown.
What are your thoughts on Rose’s potential reinstatement?