Rose trying a 'Backdoor' and a 'Hail Mary'

UNSOLICITED OBSERVATIONS from The Man Cave, listening to the sound of heavy rain pelting the driveway, a sound that puts me to sleep at night. So, before I doze off. . .

To use a basketball term and a football term, Pete Rose is trying a backdoor play and a Hail Mary in his latest attempt to pry open the door to baseball’s Hall of Fame.

After baseball commissioner Rob Manfred denied Rose’s last request for reinstatement, Rose is attempting to by-pass baseball and gain Hall of Fame admission by asking ‘The Hall’ to make him eligible.

IT IS, INDEED, A backdoor play and a Hail Mary. It was the Hall of Fame that revised the rules that made Rose ineligible for consideration. Two years after then Commissioner Bart Giamatti banned Rose from baseball, the Hall of Fame imposed a rule that said players banned from the game are not eligible for consideration.

So why would they reverse their decision now?

Rose says that it was not Giamatti’s intent to bar him from the Hall of Fame when he banned Rose from the game. Of course it wasn’t. Giamatti had no power to stop the Hall of Fame from accepting Rose. But then the Hall of Fame took the necessary step to stop Rose from enshrinement.

Rose and his attorney are not Doug Flutie. No Hail Mary here. And they are not former Princeton basketball coach Pete Carril, famous for his back door plays.

Unfortunately for Rose, this one won’t work, either. Is the Supreme Court next?

NOW THAT BASEBALL season is nearly over, I want to thank all you great people who contributed to our gas fund to get us to and from games this year. We made it, thanks to you. And I wish to thank all who contributed, be it $25 (many) or $100 (several) or $300 (a couple of people).

That enabled me to cover nearly every Reds home game this year and I wouldn't have been able to do it without you. Much of the stuff I gathered at the games appeared here and game stories appeared on my web-site, . I will continue writing in both places after the season, so stay in touch.

And a huge thanks to my good friend Ted Thompson, who built the web-site and oversees it and took nothing for doing it. That is a friend.

ONCE AGAIN I’LL be covering the University of Dayton home basketball games for PressProsMagazine and

WANT TO GET WARMED UP for the basketball season? Get a copy of the book, ‘Miller Time.’ It’s about legendary Pennsylvania high school basketball coach John Miller, who just happens to be the father of UD coach Archie Miller and Arizona coach Sean Miller.

It is written by David A. Burhenn and it is a great read for all basketball buffs, a slam dunk.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T yet secured a copy of my book, ‘The Real McCoy,’ which is in its third printing, it will be available on Saturday, October 15 when I appear at the Miami Valley Centre Mall in Piqua (off I75). I will be there from 2:30 to 4:30 and I will sign all books you purchase. And even if you don’t buy a book, stop by the say hello. Nadine is a good salesperson.

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