The Baseball Hall of Fame is a museum of history for the sport of baseball. Within the walls stands all of the amazing players, amazing feats and unbelievable plays from the game. More importantly it is a living testament to the game of baseball and it is for this reason I feel strongly that Pete Rose should be inducted immediately.
Pete Rose as a person is a complete loser. Anyone who meets him, I am lucky enough not to have met him, describes him as a shady individual who always seems to have alternative motives for everything. I have heard him described as a loser, a money grabbing pig, and various other not so flattering terms. But this has NOTHING to do with his achievements on the field.
As a ball player Pete Rose was one of the best in the game:
Those numbers are Hall of Fame numbers. As a player he deserves to be recognized for his achievements.
Now comes the gambling. He bet on baseball which I understand is against the rules, but he never bet against his team or did anything that is apparent to make them lose a game. His personal choices in life have been flawed, no doubt about it. But here is where the HOF has the right to enshrine him, and make an example of him. Celebrate him as a player, and tell the story of his gambling and what it has done to Rose. Put the history of the entire career on display in the hall and let it serve two lessons. One as congratulating a player who was amazing, and one as a lesson to all the kids out there that gambling is not acceptable in the game, and how it has brought great shame on Pete Rose in the eyes of fans, baseball and sports in general.
One last thought. Bud Selig watched as players in the game were using performance enhancing drugs. He watched two players battle it out for the home run record knowing full well they were not clean, but because it was good for baseball, he let it slide. This man has no right to be making the decision on Pete Rose. This man should not be in baseball for much worse offenses against the game than Pete Rose ever committed.
Tell the story of Rose, the good, the bad and put it all for everyone to see in the HOF. It is the right thing to do.