A state senator has again asked lawmakers to sign off on a resolution urging Major League Baseball to reinstate Pete Rose and allow his consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame.
Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) offered sponsor testimony on the measure Tuesday before the Senate's Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee. He gave comparable sponsor testimony on a similar resolution two years ago.
"Pete Rose is unquestionably a great American athlete," Thomas said Tuesday. "The way he played the game of baseball reflects many values, such as maximum effort, hard work and perseverance. His headlong dives and all-out sprints to every base, even when he was walked, have been held as an example to always push yourself to attain your goals."
SCR 3 is a symbolic measure, with no teeth to force action. Instead, the resolution would officially state lawmakers' position on Rose reinstatement, with copies to be forwarded to the MLB commissioner, the Baseball Writers' Association of America and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Senate resolution outlines Rose's record-breaking career as the only player to be an All Star at five different positions, retiring with 4,256 hits -- "arguably the most untouchable record in all of sports," Thomas said.
But Rose also admitted betting on baseball games and has been ineligible for consideration into the sport's Hall of Fame. SCR 3 notes that Rose applied for reinstatement to Major League Baseball but was denied two years ago.
"It is time that Peter Edward Rose is welcomed back into baseball," Thomas said. "Furthermore, 'Charlie Hustle' is more than deserving of induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame ..."