If there was ever even a slim chance of Pete Rose being reinstated to the good graces of Major League Baseball, it evaporated with a phone call from Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday. Rose’s request was rejected and Manfred made it clear it wasn’t a tough decision based on several factors, including a lack of trust.
While Rose can only get into the Hall with a ticket, it’s not hurting his bottom line much. In fact, it’s not really a stretch to say his stature as a sort of popular pariah is enhanced by the continuing rejection. Collectors have always treated him like a Hall of Famer. A NM/MT rookie card will attract plenty of bidders.
Rose has been successfully hawking his autograph on TV, at card shows and in shopping malls since just hours after his 1989 banishment and continues to have a regular, paid meet and greet gig in Las Vegas.
ESPN.com looked at the business of banishment.