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Joe Morgan thinks Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame

Aug 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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You’ll be shocked — shocked! — to hear that Joe Morgan thinks Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame. From Bob Nightengale’s latest:

“I think if you’re going to allow guys with PEDs on the ballot,” Morgan told USA TODAY Sports, “then we have to allow him to be on the ballot. Let’s face it, he’s been punished for 24 years. I think they have to take a second look at Pete now that this has come out.”

Nowhere does Morgan explain what actual nexus there is between “this coming out” and Rose’s baseball disgrace, but after watching him do Sunday Night Baseball for so many years I’m aware that cause-and-effect are not his strong suits. For now let’s just chalk this up to one of the strongest baseball forces out there: “my generation was better/was not as bad as this younger generation”-ism. The greats were greater, in [insert player’s] day and the bad guys were not nearly as bad as these new monsters. It’s the oldest thing around.

In other news, I’m pretty sure that Morgan would back Ted Bundy, D.B. Cooper and the Zodiac Killer for the Hall of Fame if they spent some time with the Reds in the 70s. Because Morgan talking up Big Red Machine guys is an even stronger force than the generational thing.

  1. jfk69 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Rules on Hall Of Fame Eligibility

    On February 4, 1991, the Hall of Fame voted formally to exclude individuals on the permanently ineligible list from being inducted into the Hall of Fame by way of the Baseball Writers Association of America vote (though it was already an “unwritten” rule prior). Rose is the only living member of the ineligible list. Players who were not selected by the BBWAA could be considered by the Veterans Committee in the first year after they would have lost their place on the Baseball Writers’ ballot. Under the Hall’s rules, players may appear on the ballot for only fifteen years, beginning five years after they retire. Had he not been banned from baseball, Rose’s name could have been on the writers’ ballot beginning in 1992 and ending in 2006.[26] He would have been eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee in 2007, but did not appear on the ballot.[27] In 2008 the Veterans Committee barred players and managers on the ineligible list from consideration

    • lawson1974 - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      If the writers were interested in getting Rose in, they could easily amend that rule to say you actually have to “appear” on the ballot for that 15 year clock to start.

    • dwhitley75 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:41 AM

      They use his bats and balls for their own promotions…….. Let him in

  2. hornbuckle - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Well f- ing duh.

  3. jimsjam33 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    I agree with Joe .

  4. materialman80 - Nov 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Say it ain’t so Joe. Rose needs to stay right where he is, out of baseball.

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