The debate may rage on, but ESPN's jury has spoken: Pete Rose deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Baseball's all-time hits leader, banned for life for allegedly betting on the sport, should be allowed induction at Cooperstown, the jury of ESPN's mock trial said after hearing three hours of testimony and deliberating for 90 minutes at Harvard Law School. THE CASE For Rose - Baseball's career leader in hits (4,256), singles (3,215), at-bats (14,053) and games played (3,562). - Awards: NL Rookie of the Year 1963; NL MVP 1973; World Series MVP 1975; NL Gold Glove 1969, 1970. - Titles: World Series (1975-76 with Cincinnati, 1980 with Philadelphia); NL batting (.335 in 1968, .348 in 1969, .338 in 1973). - Seventeen-time National League All-Star at a record five different positions (2B, RF, LF, 3B, 1B). Against Rose - Former federal prosecutor John Dowd uncovered evidence of Rose's gambling activity, including the placement of bets with bookies tied to organized crime: The Dowd Report. - ... Written by
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Three members of the Boston Men's Baseball League (Jason Grenier, Jose Medina and Jim Holmwood) were on the 12-man jury. See more