25 Years Later, Has The Time Come Or Not For Pete Rose

The gatekeeper in reinstating Pete Rose resides with one person. That’s Bud Selig, for the time-being, the commissioner of baseball. Yet through Selig’s tenure, he has said that the Rose decision has been quote “under advisement.”

Yet us face it, “under advisement” means not going to happen, at least on Selig’s watch.

With the late commissioner Bart Giamatti having issued the banned on Aug. 24, 1989, we can hope that 25 years and five months will end Rose’s exile from baseball. It will be this Jan. 24 of next year, that day Rob Manfred steps into the chief chair of MLB, and don’t think he will have to answer it. Manfred can’t hide behind the question.

But what would I do if I exchange places with Manfred on Jan. 24? That’s simple, the first act of commissioner in my first minute, a call to Rose, saying “Pete, welcome back to this great and historic institution that is Major League Baseball.”

OK, maybe Rose broke the Cardinal Sin, stated in every MLB club house, but did Rose taint the game? No, he made the game legendary, surpassing Ty Cobb, playing every game, not just like a seventh game of a World Series, but as if Rose would not play another game again.

That’s the way, any sport should be played, or a craft in one loves to do.

But Rose breaking the Cardinal Sin, goes beyond the issues that have hurt the pastime, the 1994 strike, and PEDs. So much has changed since 1989 and some of it, not for the better.

But if Alex Rodriguez will get another shot, come 2015, only fair that Rose gets the shot. Why not, we honor the records of former players that have used PEDs and even allowed some to continue into the game, i.e. Mark McGwire, currently the Dodgers hitting coach.

At least those records remain documented, so asterisk what-so-ever.

What it all comes down to, there’s no second Cardinal Sin of not cheating the game, which bigger than what Rose committed.

So for Rose, is it fair?

Frank Sprankle

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