Report: Baseball Hall of Fame's Board of Directors upholds ban of Rose
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - According to a story first reported by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday the Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors decided in December to uphold its rule that basically bans former Reds great Pete Rose from being placed on the ballot for possible induction.
Rose is being honored by the Reds on Saturday with a statue outside Great American Ball Park.
According to ESPN the Hall issued the following statement regarding its board's decision: "After extensive discussion, a vote was taken in which the Board ratified the resolution that was passed on February 4, 1991, known today as Rule 3(E) in the BBWAA's election rules. As such, anyone deemed permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball, including Pete Rose, may not be considered for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame."
The board's ruling was prompted by a letter from Rose's attorney, Raymond C. Genco, last September asking for Rose to be taken off the banned list because the agreement reached between Rose and then Commissioner Bart Giamatti in 1989 didn't include a provision that he be ineligible for the Hall of Fame.
"At the time Pete agreed to the settlement, the consequences of being placed on the ineligible list were clear and specific — and did not include a Hall of Fame prohibition," according to the letter, signed by Genco and attorney Mark Rosenbaum.
The Hall of Fame changed its bylaws two years after Rose's banishment to make permanently banned players ineligible for the Hall.