MLB Chief Weighs Pardon for Pete Rose

Aaron, others want disgraced player in Hall of Fame
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 27, 2009 1:42 PM CDT
Baseball great Hank Aaron, left, waves to the crowd after speaking and receiving the MLB Beacon of Life award June 20, 2009, in Cincinnati. Bud Selig applauds at right.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Pete Rose may yet have a shot at baseball’s Hall of Fame: Commissioner Bud Selig is weighing ending Rose’s lifetime ban for gambling on the sport, the New York Daily News reports. Hank Aaron, whose opinion counts heavily with Selig, told reporters over the weekend he’d like to see Rose in the Hall; members of its board of directors also want the suspension tossed.

Noted another Hall-of-Famer: “I think a lot of the guys feel that it’s been 20 years now for Pete, and would lean toward leniency and time served. If he had admitted it in the first place and apologized way back then, he’d probably be in the Hall by now.”