Former Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose has floated a last-ditch effort to get his lifetime ban lifted so he can be nominated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame with an emotional letter sent to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.
The man famously known as “Charlie Hustle” has also been persona non grata in baseball for his gambling problems, accusations of sexual misconduct, not to mention his overall boorish behavior. He was banned for life in 1989 after his gambling on games came to light, and since then, he has not helped his case with his behavior.
But Rose, now 81, feels that all that stuff outside baseball is just that, stuff outside baseball, and it should not disqualify him from his rightful spot in the Hall of Fame for being part of no less than two World Series-winning pro ball teams.
Rose was an integral part of the Cincinnati Reds in its “Big Red Machine”…