Trump says "it's time" to put Pete Rose in MLB Hall of Fame

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 10th, 2020 11:13 am

President Trump has called on Major League Baseball to induct Cincinnati Reds slugger Pete Rose into the league's Hall of Fame, despite his gambling on his own team.

During the 1987 MLB season, Rose bet on the Cincinnati Reds to win all but four of its games over two months. A MLB rule bans "any player, umpire, or Club or League official or employee" from placing bets on a game in which they have "a duty to perform."

Although Rose was banned from baseball for betting on games as a player and manager, the uncovering of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal has him seeking "equal treatment," according to a statement from a civil rights lawyer who submitted a petition on Rose's behalf.

"Unlike those known and unknown management and players who used and countenanced the use of steroids and engaged in electronic sign stealing, Pete's transgressions did not affect the outcome of any game, let alone the World Series, or player performance," the lawyer told the Associated Press. "And unlike Pete, those violators will not be banished from baseball for 30 years and counting."

Rose has petitioned MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to remove him from the ineligible list, saying that his "ongoing punishment is no longer justifiable as a proportional response to his transgressions."