It's been revealed that back in December, the National Baseball Hall of Fame's board of directors decided to uphold the rule that has prevented Pete Rose, the leader in hits, from being considered for induction into the Hall.
That's what Jeff Idelson told Outside the Lines on Thursday.
Back in 1991, the board ratified a resolution that deemed that anyone permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball could not be considered for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
This isn't the first time Rose, 76, has tried to be reinstated to the game. He tried unsuccessfully in 1997 and then again in 2015.
A statement from the Hall of Fame read:
"After extensive discussion, a vote was taken in which the Board ratified the resolution that was passed on February 4, 1991, known today as Rule 3(E) in the BBWAA's election rules. As such, anyone deemed permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball, including Pete Rose, may not be considered for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame."
Not that baseball isn't, yes Pete Rose should be a part of the HoF. Eventually Bonds & Clemens should beas well but I say make them wait— tsmitty1206 (@tsmitty1206) June 15, 2017
Some people disagreed with the Hall's decision, calling it "archaic."
This entire meeting in December was prompted by a letter from Rose's attorney in which they were seeking reconsideration.
An investigation led by the MLB found that Rose had bet on baseball.
Rose was placed on the ineligible list in 1989 when he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Rose signed an agreement with the MLB accepting a lifetime ban.