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Hey, Hoynsie: In light of Alex Cora (Red Sox) and A.J. Hinch (Tigers) being rehired as managers after one year suspensions for their involvement in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal, do you think Pete Rose should at least be on the Hall of Fame ballot and possibly get elected? Was Rose’s scandal that much more egregious than what Cora, Hinch, and Carlos Beltran did? Maybe Rose should be reconsidered. — Jim H., North Olmsted.
Hey, Jim: It’s not going to happen.
Commissioner Rob Manfred reviewed Rose’s request for reinstatement right after he replaced Bud Selig in 2015. Manfred found evidence that Rose not only gambled on games while he was the Reds manager, but when he was an active player as well. To say the least, the review did not go well and Rose was not reinstated.
Manfred ruled only on Rose’s opportunity to come off the ineligible list and be allowed to work in baseball. As for Rose, 78, being eligible for the Hall of Fame, and getting on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot, that is a different matter. Two years after Rose accepted an indefinite ban from baseball in 1989 for gambling on games, the Hall of Fame said it would…