shabbs wrote:MLB Rule 21 spells it out pretty clearly...
There are rules in hockey and baseball that were broken countless times by players in the respective halls of fame. The two should not be so closely connected. His accomplishments on the field are what they are and should be in the hall. His accomplishments off the field are what they are. I will not defend them or him. Let me just make it perfectly clear that I'm not a Rose apologist. Sure, when he played for the Expos I was a fan, but I was young and didn't know much. I've read and heard things since then that made me realize that this is not a role model for anyone. However I still separate his accomplishments on the field from his problems in personal life. And even if he *did* bet against his own team, as a manager, that still does nothing to the records he owns. His betting did not *help him* reach those numbers. If anything, he probably could have accomplished even more, who knows. I find his misconduct to be very different in nature from the misconducts of Bonds or McGuire.
You simply cannot write down *all* conduct rules down into a rule book. For example, a convicted pedophile certainly is a worse offender than a gambler. Yet, unless that rule is specifically written down, there's nothing to exclude a pedophile from being elected to the hall.
Anyhow, I really don't want to drag this out any longer. This thread is really about Jeter's accomplishment so I shouldn't have mentioned Rose at all.
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