The repercussions of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal are, slowly but surely, beginning to impact a lot more of baseball than just the players and coaches implicated in it. This week, a player who’s been banished from the game for decades has used the scandal as a reason to petition Major League Baseball to revoke their lifetime ban on him. That would be Pete Rose, who has petitioned the league arguing for his reinstatement.
Rose was banned from the game for life after an inquiry found that he had bet on baseball, including on his own team. This, in turn, creates the somewhat surreal reality that MLB’s all-time leader in hits cannot be enshrined in the sport’s Hall of Fame.
Now, it turns out that Rose has a high-profile supporter for his bid. That would be Donald Trump, who The Guardian reports tweeted his enthusiastic support for Rose’s effort. On Saturday afternoon, the President took to social media to make the case for Rose’s reinstatement.
Pete Rose played Major League Baseball for 24 seasons, from 1963-1986, and had more hits, 4,256, than any other player (by a wide margin). He…