Baseball fans were entertained by the always-quotable Rickey Henderson at the most recent induction ceremony for the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, but another familiar face was once again missing. Pete Rose (baseball's all-time hit leader) was once again passed over for election to the Hall of Fame and missing from the festivities, banished from baseball for gambling on games.
While it's hard to argue that "Charlie Hustle" screwed up (especially since he even bet on his own team while managing the Cincinnati Reds), many feel that Rose has suffered enough for his bad behavior, especially in light of all of the steroids allegations and scandals in recent years.
Major League Baseball threw the book at Rose when he admitted to betting on games, as at the time he was the poster child for a misbehaving athlete, but his exploits seem very tame today in light of other scandals that have erupted in recent years, including rampant steroid use, drug problems, dog fighting rings, drunken driving manslaughter charges, and pistols accidentally going off in night clubs.
Only time will tell if Rose makes it into the Hall of Fame despite his love of gambling, but if commentator Jim Gray has a say in the matter, it may still be a long wait: