Is it time for baseball to forgive Pete Rose?

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 21 at 6:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Is it time for baseball to forgive Pete Rose?

The former Cincinnati Red’s star is asking for forgiveness, a second chance, 25 years after he was banished from the game.

"He got over 4,000 hits and he wasn't in the Hall of Fame because he was gambling, which he was," Luke Maher, from New Jersey, said.

Maher was one of many fans inside the Slugger Museum Thursday who said they’d vote to bring back Rose.

"He got more hits than anyone else in his major league career,” Don Greene, a tour guide at the museum told a small crowd of baseball fans. "He said he'd soak his uniform in gasoline and run through hell to play baseball, so that's determination right there.”

Rose’s plea comes after the announcement of a newly elected baseball commissioner. Last week, the Major League Baseball owners elected Rob Manfred who will take over the seat in January, one ruled by Bud Selig the last two decades.

“I'd give him a second chance. I think a lot of Reds fans would, too," Greene said.

"I think it was a long time ago. He's repaid his debt. He deserved to be forgiven in my opinion," Darius Ashley, a Reds fan, said.

"Pete Rose always gave it everything he had," Greene said. "He was one of the first players to run to first base, got the nickname Charlie Hustle and he always made the most of his ability in between the lines. Outside issues...those are outside issues. I also think Pete Rose thought he could win every game he played in."

Even today, Rose tells reporters he'll always be baseball's biggest fan whether he's allowed back into the game or not.

"He's a hero in Cincinnati, so I think it would be great for our city," Ashley said.
 

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