HE PLAYED BASEBALL!! He wasn't a freakin' saint!
The hall of fame should look at his baseball career. That's why he would be in the hall of fame. Not as a coach, not as a human, but as one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the game! Yes, GAME! It's a game! Not a lifestyle or a religion.
Some of the greatest baseball players were complete jerks off the field. Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth, Pete Alexander, even Lou Gehrig (don't be fooled by Gary Cooper's portrayal of him in Pride of the Yankees
): none of them would have won sainthood either.
But saying that Rose should be judged by what he did on the field, rather than by his off-field gambling, is like saying that Ken Lay should be judged as the CEO of a successful, multi-million dollar company, not by Enron's corrupt accounting practices.
The fact is that baseball has had anti-gambling rules on the books since the Black Sox scandal. Note: baseball
had these rules. Those were the rules of the game. Rose knew the rules, and he broke them. Not only should he be banned from baseball, he should be deported to some third-world country.