There is soon to be a job opening at manager for the Washington Nationals; this weekend’s shenanigans all but guaranteed that. If the Nats hold off hiring a new one for a while, an unlikely candidate could throw his hat in the ring. Yes, by year’s end, Pete Rose could be officially reinstated by commissioner Rob Manfred, ending his 26-year ban from Major League Baseball.
Manfred has reportedly met with Rose and will take time to review Charlie Hustle’s application before making a decision later in the year (likely after the World Series is wrapped up). Reinstatement would mean Rose would be eligible to manage again – although that seems highly unlikely. But it would also mean that Rose would be eligible for Cooperstown, and baseball’s all-time hit leader may finally get the recognition he deserves for his legendary on-field play.
Reinstatement isn’t Rose’s only barrier to making the Hall of Fame, as baseball writers are notorious for holding grudges. But the fact that Manfred is willing to consider reinstatement is huge for Rose, and this appeal represents what will likely be his last chance at getting his ban lifted in his lifetime.
As we saw at the All-Star game this year, fans are willing to forgive him. Is Major League Baseball? We set the odds.
Odds that Rose gets reinstated: 5/7
If he gets reinstated, odds that Rose returns to managing at the major league level: 74/1
If he gets reinstated, odds that Rose makes the Hall of Fame in the next five years: 3/1
(Photo Credit: Kjunstorm from Laguna Niguel, CA, US. Color-corrected, cropped and red eye removed by Daniel Case 2008-07-16 (Pete Rose) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.)
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