Rose has admitted he bet on the Reds during his playing and managing days.
However, there is no evidence to suggest he did it against them, which would be entirely different and really problematic.
It was still troubling that he involved gambling with professional sports while being a part of the league, and that’s why he is currently ineligible for the Hall.
In any case, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has already reviewed his case, in 2015.
Manfred rejected Rose’s plea for reinstatement back then.
Lately, Rose has encountered a lot of support from fans, especially those who saw the passion with which he played the game back in the Big Red Machine days.
— Raul Renteria (@ChiCagoGucci) February 11, 2022
On the field, there is little argument to keep Rose out of the Hall.
He hit .303/.375/.409 with the all-time lead in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053), and singles (3,215).
Rose made 17 All-Star Games, won three World Series, took home the 1973 NL MVP award and the 1975 World Series MVP award, and was also named the 1963 NL Rookie of the Year.
Rounding out his impressive resume are two Gold Gloves, one Silver Slugger, and three batting titles.
He was the true master of the hit, and few batters in the history of the game have showcased a similar contact ability.
Many fans still despise what he did, even if gambling didn’t directly influence his effort and decisions according to him.
Something extraordinary will need to happen for Rose to make it into Cooperstown: fans formally clamoring for it, him making a heartfelt public admission, or a Commissioner change.
Most fans want him in, though.
On the field, there was no one quite like him.