Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
There is more than a little doubt in my mind that the BBWA would vote him into the HoF even if he were elgible.
About the only baseball job I can even remotely see him having is going around to teams to give an anti-gambling talk.
If baseball gave their blessing to Rose via reinstatement, he'd be a Hall of Famer after a proper amount of time (i.e the number of years the writers make him wait on THEM before they let him). I have very little doubt in my mind he'd get voted in by the writers after 2 or 3 tries.
As for the second issue of Pete benig involved in baseball -- he's 68 years old. When you couple his age with his baggage, I don't see any team ever giving him a job of consequence in baseball again. It's not like he was a great, game-changing manager to begin with. At most, it'd be something like a roving hitting instructor, where he'd have little opportunity to damage the sport.
I'm by no means a Rose supporter or a Rose kool-aid drinker, but I agree that the punishment has been served. Twenty years away banishment is more than enough for the crime he committed, IMO. Baseball gains nothing by having him die an outcast, and stands to gain at least something (even if it's just some good feelnigs and a truckload of PR) from welcoming him back to the game.