Pete Rose’s MLB reinstatement, Hall of Fame bid will never happen

Here we go again.

This time, Pete Rose is using the Houston Astros cheating scandal to make his case to be reinstated by baseball and placed on the Hall of Fame ballot.

And once again, nothing is going to change.

Rose’s attorneys sent a petition to Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred’s office arguing that since no Astros player was disciplined in the sign-stealing scandal, how can Rose continue to be suspended 30 years later for gambling on baseball?

“There cannot be one set of rules for Mr. Rose and another for everyone else,” said Rose’s petition for reinstatement, a copy of which was provided to USA TODAY Sports. “No objective standard or categorization of the rules violations committed by Mr. Rose can distinguish his violations from those that have incurred substantially less severe penalties from Major League Baseball.’’

It’s the second time in five years that Rose has sought reinstatement.

But really, it’s not even about being reinstated to baseball.

Rose, baseball’s all-time hit king, is 78 years old. He’s not going to work in baseball again.

Rose simply wants to be on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, letting the Baseball Writers Association of…

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