On another forum on which i am an active member, someone posted how he feels that it is time for Pete Rose to be welcomed to the Hall of Fame.
Despite my being an almost life-long Dodger fan, I always admired Pete Rose as a player and manager, and I believe that had his gambling been the key factor, that would not have kept him from the Hall of Fame. However, it was his reluctance to admit to his gambling on baseball, and his outright lying about it, that was the nail in the Hall of Fame coffin, that will likely keep him from the Hall, forever.
He chose denial, in his efforts to remain active in baseball, and he lost that bet, badly. That wager turned out to be not a job in baseball, but rather, the Hall of Fame. Well, he cannot get his wager back now, and he is unlikely to in the future.
For the 2009 Hall of Fame election, the BBWAA voters have the following players on their ballots:
First timers: Rickey Henderson, David Cone, Ron Gant, Mark Grace, Jay Bell, Jesse Orosco, Dan Plesac, Greg Vaughn, Mo Vaughn and Matt Williams.
Holdovers: Jim Rice, Mark McGwire, Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Andre Dawson, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell.
The regular Veteran’s Committee will have the following 10 old-timers to vote on: Gil Hodges, Joe Torre, Ron Santo, Jim Kaat, Dick Allen, Luis Tiant, Tony Oliva, Al Oliver, Maury Wills, and Vada Pinson.
In addition, the Pre-World War II Special Veteran’s Committee that votes only once every 5 years will be voting on additional inductees in 2009.
It is about time that Jim Rice and Bert Blyleven make the Hall of Fame, and Gil Hodges should have made the Hall long ago, but among first-time eligible ex-players, I feel that only Rickey Henderson deserves induction.
The holdover list includes a lot of great players, and I could see any of them among Andre Dawson, Tommy John, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell getting close or making the cut. Mark McGwire, on the other hand, probably has about as much chance as Charlie Hustle has to gain entry. Unlike with Rose, though, time might make a difference with McGwire.