Pete Rose‘s lawyer has pleaded with the Baseball Hall of Fame asking for the 74-year-old Hit King to be put on the ballot before he dies.
Rose had been much more prominent around the MLB events, such as World Series and All-Star game, in the last few years, leading to rumors that the league was studying the possibility of opening its doors to Rose.
No former player has ever received a lifetime ban, with the exception of Rose, in modern times. There are claims that this is evidence that someone somewhere has a vendetta against MLB’s all-time hit leader.
Rose continues to be banned for life from having any kind of close relationship with the game he loves, perhaps more than anyone else. Rose presented a request to the Commissioner Manfred for him to be reinstated in March.
“Rose initially denied betting on baseball now and only later in the interview did he ‘clarify’ his response to admit such betting,” Manfred wrote.
“Since I’ve never been on the Hall of Fame ballot (because of the lifetime ban), I don’t know why my time has ticked,” Rose said, talking about the Hall of Fame’s rules that say that a candidate can remain on the BBWAA voting for only ten years after his retirement. In the following, a player’s Cooperstown fate is to a special committee, composed in great part of the Hall of Fame.
What this means is that if the committee decides about Rose fate, he will never get in the Hall without a ticket. If the BBWAA voters have the opportunity, he may have a better shot.