Bud Selig Considering Lifting Pete Rose's Suspension
Posted on July 27, 2009The New York Daily News reports reports that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is considering lifting Pete Rose's lifetime suspension from baseball. If the suspension was lifted than Pete Rose could get in the Hall of Fame. The article also says that Hank Aaron recently said in an interview that he would like to see Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame.
The tip-off that Selig may now be inclined to pardon baseball's all-time hit king was Hank Aaron's seemingly impromptu interview session with a small group of reporters in the lobby of the Otesaga Hotel on Saturday. In declaring for the first time that he would want an asterisk put on the achievements of any steroid cheats elected to the Hall of Fame, Aaron brought up Rose, who, in August of 1989, was given a lifetime ban for gambling on baseball, saying: "I would like to see Pete in. He belongs there."Pete Rose's lifetime stats can be found here. He had .303 lifetime batting average. His official website is peterose.com. The official Hall of Fame website can be found here.
It is no secret that Selig considers Aaron one of his closest friends and values his opinions over perhaps all others. It was also learned by the Daily News that in a meeting of the Hall of Fame's board of directors at the Otesaga later on Saturday, two of Rose's former teammates on the board, vice chairman Joe Morgan and Frank Robinson, also expressed their hope that Selig would see fit to reinstate Rose.