The dirt on Pete Rose's uniform may be more remembered than the dirt on his image when he comes up for a Hall of Fame vote in 1992, but he may not get the 75 percent approval required for induction, according to a recent Palm Beach Post survey.
The Post reported Sunday that it had contacted 68 Hall of Fame voters from the Baseball Writers Association of America, the official balloting body, to measure Rose's approval rating.Here are the major findings of the survey:
- If Rose is suspended for life, 54.4 percent of the voters polled said they still would support his induction.
- That 54.4 pecent drops dramatically if evidence shows that Rose bet against the Reds, but 32 percent maintained that even that wouldn't make them vote against Rose.
- If Rose is suspended one year for betting on games other than those involving the Reds, that wouldn't be enough to stop any of the voters responding from supporting his induction.
- A sizable group, 16.2 percent of those contacted, declined comment, some because they wanted to wait until the findings of baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti's investigation are made public.
In order to be inducted, a player must be named on 75 percent of the ballots returned. Last time, 447 voters participated. The Post's survey represented approximately 15 percent of that total and indicated that the 75 percent approval may not be present at this time.
Rose's supporters placed sole emphasis on his on-field accomplishments. He has more hits (4,256) and played in more winning games (1,972) than any player in major-league history. He was named to 16 National League All-Star teams.