Rosecrans: Even if Pete Rose is reinstated, Hall of Fame future uncertain

From SABR member C. Trent Rosecrans at on March 16, 2015, with mention of SABR members Brad Horn and Jay Jaffe:

Even if Pete Rose is reinstated to baseball, that would not guarantee him an easy road to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

On Monday, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Rose had formally applied to have his lifetime ban lifted. Manfred said he would “deal with” Rose’s request.

Rose, who has been banned from the game since 1989, was ruled ineligible for the Hall in 1991, when the organization voted to ban players on baseball’s permanently ineligible list. If reinstated, Rose would have to be elected to the Hall by Expansion Era Committee, according to Hall of Fame spokesman Brad Horn.

“Rose would be an eligible candidate for Hall of Fame consideration based on if he were to be reinstated by Major League Baseball,” Horn wrote to the Enquirer in an email on Monday. “Should Rose be moved off Baseball’s Ineligible list, his candidacy would fall to the Expansion Era Committee (which next votes next winter – 2016 for Induction in 2017), based on the rules for election. Only candidates who last appeared in a major league game within a 15-year window can be considered by the BBWAA.”

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Originally published: March 17, 2015. Last Updated: March 17, 2015.