The Circus Of Pete Rose With The Bridgeport Bluefish, Should He Be In The Hall Of Fame?

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This Monday baseball legend Pete Rose will manage the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League for one game. This will be the first time in 25 years that Rose will manage a professional baseball game since being banned from Major League Baseball for life.

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I won't beat around the bush about this...it's obviously a publicity stunt to draw fans to the struggling independent franchise in Bridgeport. This was a stunt more suited for their cross Long Island Sound rival the Long Island Ducks. Interestingly enough, both teams are owned by Frank Boulton. While the Ducks are considered a strong successful "indy" team, the Bluefish have low attendance and over the years it's rumored they will close their doors. What better way to draw fans and attention to the park city then to bring one of most controversial figures in baseball history to your bench? This is fitting for a city that once had P.T. Barnum as a resident.

With that said, I feel there is nothing wrong with this. The Bluefish have a strong fan base but with other minor league teams popping up in Connecticut it has cut into their attendance. This could hopefully draw national attention to Harbor Yard which could bring fans back through the turnstiles.

This is also a chance for Rose to get public opinion on his side as he tries to get reinstated back into baseball and get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

In my opinion Rose is already in the Hall of Fame. His resume in baseball speaks for itself. He's the all-time hits leader with 4,256, was an all-star 17 times, and has many other awards and honors.
1967 Topps Pete Rose card

Yes, Pete Rose bet on baseball...he admitted that, I get it. However, if we are basing hall of fame credentials on stats then he deserves to be in.

How is that players could use steroids and are still allowed to be on the hall of fame ballot, but Rose can't. Let's not kid ourselves...we know who did steroids and who didn't. Baseball has allowed these former players to be on the hall of fame ballot to be judged by the court of public opinion. None of these "suspected" steroid users has yet to be selected.  So why not let Rose be on the ballot? Why not let the hall of fame voters decide whether he deserves to be in the hall of fame? It's a lot of "why's?" and with no answers.

One thing I do agree with is that Rose should never be allowed to manage in Major League or Minor League Baseball again. That should be his lifelong penalty for gambling on baseball. He should never be allowed to control a team at any level.  However at this point in his life I doubt anyone would take a chance on Rose as more than a novelty like the Bridgeport Bluefish are doing.
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