This is a Throwback Thursday of sorts…don’t look now, but the campaign to allow Pete Rose back in baseball, and on the Hall of Fame ballot, is gathering momentum. Banned from the game since 1989, the former Reds star recently requested reinstatement and, to the surprise of many, new commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to meet with Rose—something Bud Selig and Fay Vincent never did. Manfred then okayed Rose’s limited participation in this year’s All-Star Game festivities. And in the weeks since, Fox Sports has hired the all-time hits leader as a guest analyst, the Ohio Senate has introduced a resolution calling for Rose’s reinstatement, and former players are lining up to speak to the media on his behalf.
Could this be the year that Rose is returned to MLB’s good graces? If not, can it at least be the year that he stops wearing shirts with “Hit King” stitched into the collar?