Regarding the article “Disgraced stars deserve day” (April 25) I would like to make a few points. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens never failed a drug test. A lot of their alleged behavior would have occurred when baseball did not have rules against it. What they got in trouble for was lying to investigators or Congress. This is akin to Bill Clinton, who was impeached, not for adultery but for lying under oath. We have given Bill Clinton a pass. If there was a presidential Hall of Fame, he would most likely be in it.
Pete Rose is a different story. His case is akin to Shoeless Joe Jackson, who was banned from professional baseball by Commissioner Landis for taking part in fixing the 1919 World Series. His ban was for life, as it is for Rose, and yet even though Jackson died in 1951, the ban has not been lifted, making a so-called lifetime ban an eternal ban.
I suggest this: Do not reward players like Rose and Jackson for their bad behavior while alive. After they die, lift the ban and allow them to be acknowledged for the positive things they did as players.
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