Readers offer mixed views on Pete Rose

“Yes, Pete Rose should be eligible for the hall of fame. I have always thought so, even before he confessed that he bet on baseball games. Look how many athletes have been caught doing much worse than betting on sports. … He was an excellent baseball player in his time and I have always rooted for him — and will continue to do so.” — Ardyth Elms, Clovis

“I’m not really that into sports but I believe anyone who was talented enough … should be given the award for his/her athleticism. Isn’t O.J. still in the football hall of fame? Isn’t Bill Clinton still considered the 42nd president? They both have spotty morals.” — Lynn Davis, Clovis

“Pete Rose has been under scrutiny for way too long. He was a hall of fame baseball player and should be voted in. Everyone makes mistakes and he’s admitted it. That shouldn’t take away his career accomplishments. It’s not like he committed a capital offense. Enough years have passed now. He deserves the hall of fame.” — Steve Deleon, Clovis

“I have struggled with an answer to Pete Rose ever since he was banned from baseball. I would venture to say he is not the only sports figure to ever bet on sporting events, but is it reason enough to ban him for life? I just can’t make a decision!” — Michael Williams, Clovis

“No to Pete Rose! Time doesn’t heal his indiscretions.” — Bob Baker, Clovis

“Of course Mr. Hustle should have been in the hall of fame on his first eligibility. He gave baseball all he had and did not take anything from it.” — J.W. McDonald, Clovis

“Pete Rose belongs in the hall of fame as a player. He should not be allowed to manage.” — Jeff Greene, Clovis

“Why not. I never cease to be amazed how we teach American children about our Judeo-Christian belief system … One of the cornerstones is forgiveness, and yet forgiveness seems to be mighty hard to come by in this country. So, Pete Rose has admitted he gambled on baseball. He lied about it. He paid a price for his misdeed. He was a pretty good ball player. Put him in the hall of fame.” — Brent McBee, Clovis

“Absolutely, because he got the hits. That, not his personality or foibles, are the criteria.” — Harold Burris, Clovis

“If the Rose smelled like cheese before and it smells like cheese now, it will smell like cheese tomorrow. No!” — Maria Cheverez, Clovis

“Pete Rose is a human. Is he not entitled to mistakes just like the rest of the human race?” — Mearl Thomas, Clovis

“I feel that it would be a serious mistake to induct Pete Rose into the baseball hall of fame. He has clearly demonstrated a wanton personality. He cannot be denied his great baseball talent and dedication to the game, however, his total disregard for rules, regulation, and standards of professional conduct is clearly etched in sports history and that cannot be erased. Not only did he commit the serious offense of gambling on baseball but he violated the acceptable tolerance of society when he deliberately lied to his fans and followers. Much more goes into the hall of fame than just a person’s name. Their talent and career reputation are on display for eternity. In my opinion, Pete Rose just does not measure up.” — Denver Jones, Clovis

“Pete Rose should not be eligible for the hall of fame. We should in no way condone gambling in any sport!” — John Frey, Clovis

“Pete Rose should be allowed to be in the hall of fame. He has done more good for baseball than bad. I think his years of punishment should have taken care of his wrongdoing. Even a person in prison is given another chance after his punishment.” — Jim Sitterly, Clovis

“I think that Pete Rose should be eligible for baseball’s hall of fame. It is unfair to punish him for so long for being human. We all make stupid mistakes in our lives; we are not perfect. He has been punished enough. We need to look at the good he did for baseball instead of his moment(s) of indiscretion.” — Amy Graves, Clovis

“I don’t know. I keep thinking of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the movie “Field of Dreams” and I wonder ‘What would that voice say?’ Remember what happens in the movie when the ballplayer Moonlight Graham steps outside of the sacred diamond? He gives up his dream, saves a child and turns into Burt Lancaster. He makes his choice. Mr. Rose, too, made his choice. Again, I wonder what that voice would say to him?” — Christy Mendoza, Clovis