President Donald Trump wants Cooperstown to open its doors to Pete Rose.
Trump tweeted over the weekend that the historic hit leader must be in the Hall of Fame. On Wednesday, Rose again asked the Major Leagues to put an end to his lifetime veto by betting in favor of the Cincinnati Reds when he was a player and team manager.
“Pete Rose played in the majors for 24 seasons, between 1963-1986, and had more hits, four thousand 256, than any other player (by a wide margin). He bet, but in favor of his team winning, and has punished a punishment of decades. PUT PETE ROSE IN THE HALL OF FAME. It’s time! ”Trump tweeted.RELATED
Rose accepted the punishment for life in August 1989 after an investigation by lawyer John Dowd for MLB found that the star repeatedly opted for Red wins between 1985-87. Dowd is one of Trump’s former lawyers.
Rose’s previous request to be readmitted was rejected by Commissioner Rob Manfred in 2015. In her new request, Rose’s lawyers argue that the sanction is unfair when compared to the sanctions that were given in the wake of the steroid use scandal and the most recent for signal theft involving the Houston Astros.
Rose, 78, also requested that the ban that the board of directors of the Hall of Fame approved in 1991 be lifted and that any player declared permanently ineligible by baseball cannot be included on the ballots for ballot voting. North American Baseball Chroniclers Association.