Donald Trump: Let Pete Rose Into the MLB Hall of Fame
"He's paid the price."
Donald Trump took a break from showing off poll numbers and stumping over social media Monday to address the news about infamous baseball player and manager Pete Rose.
Rose — who has more hits than anyone in the history of the game — will not have the permanent ban imposed on him in 1989 lifted, current Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced. This means that while the ban — based on the discovery that Rose bet on games while he was in a position to have an impact on the outcome while manager of the Cincinnati Reds — is in place, Rose will never get into the Hall of Fame.
The debate whether Rose belongs in the HOF has gone on for years. Hours after the Monday announcement by Manfred, the GOP presidential candidate addressed the situation.
"Can't believe Major League Baseball just rejected @PeteRose_14 for the Hall of Fame. He's paid the price. So ridiculous - let him in!" Trump tweeted.
Can't believe Major League Baseball just rejected @PeteRose_14 for the Hall of Fame. He's paid the price. So ridiculous - let him in!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2015
While meeting with Manfred months ago to plead his case for the ban to be lifted, Rose told the MLB commissioner that he still bets on baseball. Manfred noted this comment in his report, posted by The New York Times, among other determining factors for his decision.
Rose will address the latest chapter in the situation during a media conference Tuesday.
Pete Rose’s lawyers’ statement: pic.twitter.com/5xh8QWLBB7— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) December 14, 2015