Pete Rose Finds Fan Support for Hall Induction, Survey Shows

Three out of four people with an opinion on Pete Rose’s Hall of Fame worthiness believe he should be enshrined, according to a Seton Hall University sports poll.

Rose, Major League Baseball’s hits leader who was banned in 1989 after an investigation found he bet on games while managing the Cincinnati Reds, last month made an official reinstatement request to new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Forty-eight percent of people asked said Rose should be inducted into the museum in Cooperstown, New York, according to a news release from the school in South Orange, New Jersey. Fifteen percent of respondents said Rose shouldn’t be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and 37 percent said they had no opinion.

Rose, 74, had a record 4,256 hits during a 24-season major league career that ended in 1986. He spent 19 of those seasons with the Reds, whom he managed from 1984 to 1989.

He will be allowed to attend this season’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati, and has been hired by Fox Sports to work as a pregame analyst during the season.

The poll also showed an increase in popularity over a five-year period for Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez. Those who disapprove of Bonds fell to 29 percent from 34 percent in 2010, while Rodriguez’s disapproval numbers dropped to 24 percent from 41 percent over those five years.

A federal appeals court in San Francisco last week set aside Bonds’s 2011 conviction for obstructing justice in a probe of athletes’ use of steroids.

The New York Yankees’ Rodriguez, who served a full-year drug suspension last season, is one home run shy of tying Willie Mays at 660 for fourth on MLB’s career list.

The phone poll of 705 random Americans, conducted April 27-29 by the Sharkey Institute on behalf of Seton Hall, has a 3.7 percentage point margin of error.

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