Pete Rose Goes 'On the Record' to Discuss This Year's Baseball Hall of Fame Shutout
On Wednesday the Baseball Writers announced that no one will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for the first time since 1960.
Most writers are refusing to vote for many players, like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, because of past steroid use. Even a player like catcher Mike Piazza, who was never definitively implicated in steroid use, was left out, when many once believed that he would be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
In order to get into the Hall of Fame, a player must garner the vote of 75 percent of the writers. Longtime Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio came the closest at 68 percent. Last night on 'On the Record' Greta talked to a man who knows all too well about being left out of the Baseball Hall of Fame: all-time hits leader Pete Rose, who was banned for life from baseball over a gambling scandal.
"It's kind of sad Greta, because there's a lot of great players that were on the ballot. Craig Biggio, the first player on the first ballot since 1945 with 3,000 hits not to make the Hall of Fame. Of course, I believe that Mike Piazza's probably the greatest offensive catcher in the history of baseball, he only got over 50 percent," said Rose, who pointed out that players like Clemens and Bonds probably will not make the Hall of Fame next year either.
Rose also pointed out all of the local businesses that rely on the boost every summer from visitors flocking to the small upstate New York town for the induction ceremonies.
"It's kind of sad because we have a lot of friends in Cooperstown who own stores and they kind of thrive on Hall of Fame week to survive for the year. And I don't know what kind of induction weekend it's gonna be now," said Rose.
Watch the full interview: