Originally Posted by Always Red
If Rose had been an LA native, and had the same career with the Dodgers, he would be totally despised by Reds fans, but the Rose cult in LA would be even bigger than it is in Cincinnati today.
If he had played for the Yankees, and been born in NYC, he would have never been caught betting on the game, and would today be in the HoF. There are too many people there who would have helped him, in any way possible.
Rose has not been the only player to bet on baseball since 1920 (no, I have no proof of this; these things don't happen in a vacuum, however). No way, no how. He was the only one dumb enough to be caught, however.
In our society, it is very possible that the points that you are implying could be very true. Inconsistencies and double-standards do occur.
I will always believe that baseball muffed the Rose dealings at the point of having him banned from the HOF, a museum.
They should have let him have his one day, his plaque with an asterisk saying that he was banned, listed the reasons, and stuck with the lifetime ban from baseball. The whole Rose thing would have long passed away like a tumble weed in the wind, long before now.