Philadelphia Phillies will induct Pete Rose onto wall of fame
Pete Rose remains barred from Cooperstown, but Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader will earn a different honor this August in South Philadelphia.
The Phillies announced Monday they would induct Rose, who’s been banned from MLB since the league found in 1989 that he gambled on games, onto their wall of fame Aug. 12. Rose played five of his 24 seasons with the Phillies and helped the team win its first World Series in 1980.
“I am very honored to be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame,” Rose said in a statement. “My baseball years in Philadelphia were amazing, not just because we won it all in 1980 and came close in 1983, but also because the fans welcomed me from day one.”
Rose joined the Phillies as a free agent before the 1979 season, and he hit .331 that year. The next season, he helped guide Philly to the title as a 39-year-old veteran.
All told, Rose earned four of his 17 all-star nods during his time with the Phillies.
Rose has become a polarizing figure since he left the playing field, though. In early 1989, reports began circulating that Rose bet on games while managing the Cincinnati Reds, and the legendary outfielder accepted a place on MLB’s permanently ineligible list in August of that year.
That meant Rose had to leave his job as Reds manager and he was prohibited from induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Though Rose has applied for reinstatement on several occasions, no commissioner has budged on the lifetime ban.
Commissioner Rob Manfred denied Rose’s latest appeal in 2015. During an event in Lancaster in November 2015, Rose said he wasn’t concerned about the possibility of getting into the Hall of Fame.
“Ain’t nobody worried about me getting a call from the commissioner,” Rose said. “If it happens, it happens.”
It still hasn’t happened for Rose, but he’ll have the Phillies’ wall of fame as a consolation.
The Phils will host the Mets on Saturday, Aug. 12, the day they honor Rose.