Monday, August 19, 2013

Senate Majority Leader believes Pete Rose should be in Hall of Fame

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There seems to be no middle ground when it comes to whether or not a baseball fan believes Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame. Fans either adamantly say yes or forcefully argue no.

Count Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as one fan who believes baseball's all-time hit king belongs in Cooperstown.

In an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal, the Nevada senator defended his position by proclaiming that Rose has been "punished enough" and that he deserves to be bestowed the sport's highest honor.

"He bet when he was a manager of a team," Reid is quoted as saying about Rose. "Games were lost. All that stuff. But he's been punished enough. He is one of the great baseball players of all time. He didn't take drugs (PEDs) so yes, I think he should be in."

Rose has certainly been pleading his case for reinstatement over recent years. However, his pleas seem to be falling on deaf ears in regards to the people who matter the most. Namely, commissioner Bud Selig and the rest of the people who hold the power in MLB's main office.

It's unlikely Reid's stamp of approval will resonate much with Selig's stubborn and short-sided mind. But it definitely doesn't hurt Rose to have the Senate's top Democrat in his proverbial corner.

Rose has been banned from baseball since 1991.

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