Originally Posted by SpringfieldFan
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.
Rose forced MLB, in a way, into the muff. He really did dig his own grave; and I grew up idolizing the man. I still love what he did as a player, and he remains my favorite, though very tarnished. Growing up on the west side of town in the early 70's, there was no other way other than Rose worship for baseball playing boys from Cincinnati.
In NYC, if he had been raised there and played for the Yankees, he still would have done what he did, but he'd have been surrounded by a lot of people whose job it would have been to keep Pete out of trouble. Not so in the fishbowl of being a star in flyover country.
I agree he should be in the HoF for what he did on the field, and remain banned for life for what he did off the field. Pete is not a very smart man; you can tell that every time he opens his mouth these days.
PS- Len Dykstra is a Met forever in my mind; not sure why, I just never thought of him as a Phillie.