http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/21/opinion/d ... hpt=hp_bn7He is not a sympathetic figure. He erred in a way few in baseball have erred. He made bets on games while still in uniform, which was (and still is) strictly prohibited. Rose did not bet against his own team, as some of the similarly disgraced 1919 Chicago White Sox did, but his gambling habits broke a code of conduct, violated a set-in-stone rule and earned him a "lifetime" ban that Rose was tagged with after a Major League Baseball internal investigation in 1989.
Complicating matters, Rose spent close to 15 years denying all allegations until fessing up in a book he wrote in 2004. Furthermore, he was slapped with a five-month prison sentence and a thousand hours of community service for two felony counts of evading income tax.
Should he or shouldn't he if the rules were changed? Nah, with the betting and denial after denial and irking Uncle Sam, he is not gunning for brownie points. I think they did the right thing to keep him out. Sure he has a lot of accomplishments, but he sunk himself and has no one else to blame. My problem with all of this is what about the players that did steroids, will they join Rose on the ban list when their careers are over. Doesn't seem fare to punish him and let others off the hook when they cheat.