Ask Gary: Voting for Rose for Hall of Fame?

by Gary Shelton on July 4, 2015 · 1 comment

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There is proof that Pete Rose bet on MLB games in 1987 when he was a manager and in 1986 when he was a player.  When do you think Pete Rose started betting on MLB - his rookie year of 1963, earlier than that, or later than that? And now that we know that Rose bet as a player, would you still vote for him if he ever gets on the Hall of Fame ballot?

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No, I probably wouldn't. It's impossible to tell when a player begins to bet, but it's safe to assume it wasn't on his way out the door. Remember how permissive this country was in the 60s. Remember how much money Rose at his disposal in the 70s. Its a bad

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scott myers July 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Gary, when I submitted my first question to you a few months ago regarding Pete Rose’s suitability for BHOF consideration you stated that since it had not been proven that Rose bet on games while playing, you could see your way to vote for him if he ever got on the BHOF ballot. Now that there is proof that he bet while a player, you state that you would not vote for him. You are a man of your word and exhibit high integrity. If Rose had your integrity he would have been a first ballot Hall of Famer in 1992 along with Tom Seaver and would have challenged Seaver’s record for highest % vote ever. Sadly, this was not to be.


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