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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.