Will Supreme Court Ruling Put Pete Rose in the Hall?

The Supreme Court of the United States voted 6-3 today to strike down the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The law forbade state-authorized sports gambling in every state except Nevada. According to foxsports.com, Americans place illegal bets on sports totaling $150 billion a year. One of those Americans is Pete Rose, who Major League Baseball banned for life in 1989 for betting on baseball games. Some supporters see this ruling as a renewed chance to put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame. Unfortunately for them, this ruling has no bearing on Rose at all.

Rose violated baseball’s internal rules on gambling, which is separate from today’s ruling.put pete rose Despite no connection, many of Rose’s fans immediately began to wonder if this ruling might nudge the MLB towards reconsidering his lifetime ban. The National Baseball Hall of Fame decided that anyone who is banned from Major League Baseball is not eligible of induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Those on the lifetime ban list include Shoeless Joe Jackson and Hal Chase. It’s an interesting idea to consider. The problem though is that the MLB has already ruled on Rose’s reinstatement. In other words, Rose’s chances of being reinstated are about as strong as me getting a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Princeton University.

Push to Put Pete Rose in Hall of Fame Continue to Hit Dead End

There are many baseball fans who’d love nothing more than to put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame. He certainly has the numbers. But his fans need to remember that gambling laws had very little to do with his lifetime ban. I think Rose should be in the Hall of Fame. The Supreme Court’s ruling isn’t the nudge that’ll make that happen though. Rose accepted MLB’s lifetime ban in 1989 and should have understood what that meant. Confessing to gambling in 2004 didn’t help his case. So why would this ruling be any different?

Pete Rose Denied Induction Into Hall of Fame For Final Time

Pete Rose, the all-time hits king at 4256, was denied eligibility for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame for likely the final time. Many applauded the decision handed down by the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. In their mind, Rose accepted, and must abide by, a lifetime ban he received in 1989. Others say it’s too stringent. With Pete Rose denied induction into the Hall of Fame for likely the final time, baseball fans will surely become more divided over the issue.

Then-commissioner Bart Giamatti banned Rose in 1989 for placing betts on baseballPete Rose Denied Induction games. Rose denied any involvement in gambling for many years before finally admitting it in 2004. Despite his confession, which he thought would exonerate him, the path to Hall of Fame induction only narrowed. In fact, it’s Rule 3(E) that continues to block Rose’s path to Cooperstown. The Baseball Writers Association of America election rules state that anyone who is permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball may not be considered for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is the rule the Board of Directors cited in their decision to shut the door forever on Rose’s induction.

But is the Board of Directors being too stingy? Yup!

It’s Hypocritical To Deny Rose Induction

There’s no denying Rose gambled on baseball. It’s a crappy thing to do. Some say it’s no big deal but keep something in mind. You’re profiting off the hard work of your teammates. Then there’s the whole being illegal thing. But if the writers inducted Rose into the Hall of Fame then he would be in good company. Legendary New York Giants manager John McGraw allegedly threw games after the Giants were eliminated from the playoffs. Rumors about Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker’s connections to gamblers continue to this day.

Then there’s Hall of Famer John Clarkson. Clarkson won 50 games in 1885 (Yes, you read right) for the Chicago White Stockings. He’s in the Hall of Fame despite the fact that he murdered his wife with a razor. Let’s not forget Cap Anson and Kenesaw Mountain Landis, two more inductees who are directly responsible for introducing, and maintaining, respectively, segregation in baseball. So we can let other gamblers in, along with murderers and bigots, but not Pete Rose? That’s definitely a double standard.

Pete Rose Denied Induction For Final Time

Seeing Pete Rose denied induction is disappointing. It’s also somewhat hypocritical. Of course, Rose is no saint. But there are very few in the Hall of Fame whose character can’t questioned (Brooks Robinson comes to mind). This isn’t to dismiss what Rose did. But 25 years is enough.

Let Rose into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bradley Jr Will Not Break DiMaggio’s Record

All eyes are on Jackie Bradley Jr. as he continues his hitting streak, now at 28 at the time of this publication. Many are wondering if the young center fielder has a shot at breaking Joe DiMaggio’s record of hitting safely in 56 straight games set in 1941. While JBJ is at the half way point, it’s unlikely, if not impossible, that he will break DiMaggio’s streak. In other words, Jackie Bradley Jr will not break the record.

You first have to realize how hard it is to get a hit in so many consecutive MLB games. You’reBradley Jr Will Not Break already hitting against some of the best pitchers in the world whose sole job is to get you out. JBJ has proven he can hold his own at the plate. JBJ has hit safely in 28 games so far, which in itself is an amazing feat. But not only is he still far from breaking the Red Sox team record, but hitting safely in another 28 will be tough, especially as the team gets ready to play tougher teams in weeks to come.

Let’s look at it another way. Nobel Prize winning physicist Edward Purcell calculated that there would first have to be over fifty players with a .350 or greater lifetime batting average in order for most players to have a mere chance to break Joe DiMaggio’s record. In other words, Major League Baseball would have to have a large abundance of .350 lifetime hitters in order for a chance of seeing the record fall. Only Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, and Shoeless Joe Jackson have lifetime batting averages of .350 or greater, which demonstrates the tremendous challenge in pursuing and breaking the record. Purcell’s late Harvard colleague, Stephen Jay Gould claimed that DiMaggio’s record is “the most extraordinary thing that ever happened in American sports,” which exemplifies the large-scale respect this record has among scholars. Let’s also keep in mind that those who have hitting streaks of 40 or more games are recognized as some of the greatest hitters ever. Willie Keeler set the original record in 1897 at 44 games, and Pete Rose, the all-time hits leader, tied it in 1978. Keeler is a Hall of Famer, and Rose, while he should be in the Hall of Fame, still holds the record for all the hits at 4,256. Jackie Bradley Jr will not break this record because he doesn’t come close to standing among Keeler and Rose (yet).

Jackie Bradley Jr will not break this record mainly because he’s still young, he still has much to learn about hitting if he wants to maintain his skills, and the record itself is taking a back seat to a pennant race that’s heating up more and more as the season draws closer to the all-star break. I wish JBJ the best, but until he reaches 40 games (which is also unlikely), I’ll be focusing more on the Red Sox as a team than I will on the great center fielder.

Jackie Bradley Jr Finally Found Stride?

Who would have thought that Jackie Bradley Jr. would have a hitting streak over twenty games this season, especially after crafting a mediocre batting average last season? It comes as a pleasant surprise to many to see Bradley Jr. hitting well. Personally, I’m very happy to see Bradley Jr.’s bat on fire, but I can’t help but wonder if his hitting will stay consistent as the season progresses. So has Jackie Bradley Jr finally found stride in his career, or is this another fluke?

Bradley Jr.’s hitting streak has gotten some talking about how far he can stretch it. TwentyBradley Jr Finally Found Stride games is nothing to ignore, but it’s not enough to begin considering him a future Red Sox legend. Let’s look at some numbers to get a better sense of this idea. Joe DiMaggio holds the record for the longest hitting streak with 56 games in 1941, breaking Willie Keeler’s record of 44. Pete Rose tied Keeler in 1978, but since then, few players at all have come even close to shattering DiMaggio’s record, which will probably never be broken. The Red Sox team record wouldn’t be easy to break either. If Bradley Jr. were to hit safely in 27 games, he’d only be tied for seventh with Dom DiMaggio (Joe’s brother), who initially set the record with 34 games in 1949. Bradley Jr. would then have to surpass Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, Wade Boggs, Nomar Garciaparra, and David Ortiz, who’s already stealing all the thunder in his final season in baseball. So is Bradley Jr.’s streak impressive? Yes, but not so much when compared to other Red Sox players.

I’m not trying to undermine the way Bradley Jr. is playing this season. It’s easy to assume that Bradley Jr. finally found stride in a career that’s had its ups and downs. He’s exceeded so many people’s expectations, including mine. So has Bradley Jr finally found stride? Perhaps, but I want to see what he does the rest of the season before I give a hard yes. Let’s make sure this isn’t another fluke where he hits well for a few weeks before dropping off again like he did last year. More importantly, let’s see how Bradley Jr. does before we get too invested in him.