Wikipedia on his records;
“Rose, a switch hitter, is the all-time Major League leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053), singles (3,215), and outs (10,328). He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five different positions (2B, LF, RF, 3B, and 1B).”
He was, without question, an amazingly successful athlete.
He is also banned from Major League baseball and entrance into the Hall of Fame.
Baseball, (along with the other professional sports) will forgive all manner of wicked behaviors, save one.
They will not forgive the sin of gambling on the sport you play.
Rose gambled on baseball as a player and a manager.
Gambling cuts to the heart of sports…it could affect the very integrity of the game.
The fear is that a gambler would try to manipulate the outcome of the game, even intentionally lose a game to win a bet or to satisfy those who take the bets.
There can be no compromise on this matter…the game must protect it’s integrity.
Despite all of his accomplishments, success, and records, Pete Rose must be banned from the sport because he threatened it’s integrity and thus it’s existence as a legitimate sport.
Many have called for his reinstatement, but baseball has refused him.
I agree with baseball.
“As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.”
(1 Timothy 5:20 ESV)
I would even suggest that the church follow baseballs lead.
The church should protect the integrity of the Gospel and it’s moral authority with the more care than any sport.
We will often “ban” those leaders who fall into “gross” sin…but the integrity of the church has been greatly damaged by those who abuse their positions in myriad other ways and thus abuse those they were called to serve.
The integrity of the church and it’s message falls into disrepute.
Sexual sin shouldn’t be the only measure of disqualification from ministry…the integrity of the church should be.
If Pete were a pastor, he’s have been restored twenty years ago.
He’s just too good at what he does…and in the church, success covers a multitude of sins.
It has yet to produce integrity.