Harry Reid: Pete Rose deserves place in Hall of Fame

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says the Baseball Hall of Fame should end Pete Rose’s ban and give him a permanent place among the game’s greats.

“He has been punished enough,” Reid said about baseball’s all-time hits leader.

Rose, who had 4,256 hits in a career that spanned 24 seasons, was placed on baseball’s “permanently ineligible” list in 1989 after he bet money on professional games while a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. Two years later, the Baseball Hall of Fame voted to exclude all players on the list from enshrinement in the Hall.

Reid was discussing baseball informally prior to a political interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal.

“[Rose] is one of the great baseball players of all time,” Reid said. “He didn’t take [performance-enhancing] drugs, so yes; I think he should be in.”

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has repeatedly shot down efforts to reinstate Rose.