A group of Tribune Co. newspapers did an interesting survey of eligible Hall of Fame voters and found that of the 159 they reached (there are 506 total), only 72 — or 45 percent –would vote to induct Pete Rose into Cooperstown’s top tourist attraction.
Preliminary as this finding is, it gives further weight to the argument that major-league baseball should allow Rose’s name on the ballot. If he gets rejected by the voters fair and square, maybe he’ll finally quit his whining. Unlikely, I know, but we can hope.
Then it would be on to the Veterans’ Committee, now made up of the living Hall of Famers, a group I’d suspect would be even less forgiving of Rose’s sins against the game and against common decency.
Who says there’s anything wrong with a little democracy in America?