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November 20, 2014

Reid: MLB Should Let Pete Rose Into the Hall of Fame

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., thinks that Major League Baseball should lift its lifetime ban on Pete Rose and induct him into the Hall of Fame.

Because, of course. Reid loves talking about baseball. And he’s also from Nevada, where gambling is nbd. For those of you a little more #WGDB and a little less #MLB, Rose is baseball’s all-time leader in hits but is permanently banned from Cooperstown because he bet on games while playing for and managing the Cincinnati Reds.

Before a scheduled political interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal, Reid was talking up the Hall of Fame credentials of Ichiro Suzuki, when he dropped the bomb about Charlie Hustle.

“And let’s also bring in Pete Rose. He has been punished enough,” Reid said, according to the paper. ”He [Rose] has been [punished] for years. … He bet when he was a manager of a team. Games were lost. All that stuff. But he’s been punished enough. He is one of the great baseball players of all time. He didn’t take drugs, so yes; I think he should be in.”

It remains unclear whether Reid’s last indictment — “he didn’t take drugs” — was a direct shot at embattled New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. But at this point, a shared hatred of that guy could be the only bipartisan bridge to avert a government shutdown, so maybe we’ll take it. But let us not forget, Reid is still the guy who makes political analogies on the Senate floor pegged to Davey Johnson being the best manager in baseball and that dude appears to be on his way out.

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  • haggrr

    Gambling on baseball, while you’re an active paid participant, is a capital offense. What’s the point of having rules or laws, if your not going to follow them. All ya, forgot, Reid is a liberal.

    • Layla

      And Insider Trading is legal if you are in Congress.

  • John Ramos

    Most scientists realize that we greatly depend upon the whims of genius and circumstance during the voyage toward scientific discovery.

  • mudguy

    For Democrats rules can be broken as long as it helps them.

  • David S. McQueen

    Pete Rose claimed for YEARS that he didn’t bet against his own team, then FINALLY admitted he did. To Sen. Reid, lying just means you’re a good Socialist-Democrat. Just ask Slick Willie and Mrs. Slick Willie. And Obama.

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