With several states in the United States legalizing gambling, the sports world embraced gambling, and with it came questions about Pete Rose’s eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Rose was banned from cooperstown after it was revealed that he gambled on games when he was a player-manager of the Cincinnati Reds. He admitted it in his 2004, but as sportsbooks became more prevalent in his MLB stadiums, the possibility of overturning Rose’s ban became the subject of debate.
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All-Time Greatest Hits King gained endorsement from Hall of Famer Rod Carew.
In a tweet about sports betting, Carew called it “extreme and hypocritical.” “How can you keep Pete Rose out and get a sportsbook in a Reds stadium??”
The Reds plan to open the MGM Sportsbook at the Great American Ballpark in 2023. Ohio legalized sports gambling earlier this year.
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“If they can take gambling to the level of putting it in stadiums, they can forgive Pete and realize he’s great. That’s the point,” Carew added in another tweet. .
Rose bet the Reds to win the 2023 World Series as Ohio celebrated the start of legalized sports betting in the state.
A former MVP award winner, Rose holds the MLB record for most hits (4,256) during his 24-year big league career.
Nicknamed “Charlie Hustle” for his ferocious style of play, Rose spent most of his Reds career (19 years) en route to the Philadelphia Phillies and the Montreal Expos.
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Rose also holds the MLB all-time records for games played (3,562), plate appearances (15,890) and plate appearances (14,053).
Fox News’ John Salvatore contributed to this report.