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Jonathan Papelbon thinks both Pete Rose, Alex Rodriguez '100 percent' belong in HOF

Mike Petraglia
July 13, 2015 - 1:55 pm

CINCINNATI -- Jonathan Papelbon has faced Alex Rodriguez many times in his career. He's never pitched to Pete Rose. He thinks both should eventually have a place in Cooperstown. The subject of Pete Rose and his 1989 lifetime ban from baseball for betting on games as a player-manager is again front and center this week here in his hometown. This past March, Rose formally reapplied for reinstatement. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was open to sitting down with Rose to discuss it. Some took that willingness to reopen the case as a sign that reinstatement might be around the corner. ESPN's "Outside The Lines" reported two weeks ago that there was new evidence that Rose bet on Reds' games in 1986. Still, there is speculation that Manfred might be willing to listen to the argument for reinstatement and maybe, just maybe, that will lead to a discussion on whether he should be inducted in Cooperstown, which would have to come via the Veterans Committee. The last time the All-Star Game was here in Cincinnati (1988), Rose was the manager of the Reds. Just over a year later, he was banished from the game in Aug. 1989 by then-Commissioner Bart Giamatti. Tuesday night, he will be permitted to take part in ceremonies in the park he never played or managed in. "Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame, 100 percent, 100 percent," Papelbon said. "If you don't want to put him in as a manager, put him in as a player. He made mistakes as a manager but didn't make mistakes as a player. Personally, I don't think there's no reason whatsoever why he shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame." Rodriguez was banned from baseball for the entire 2014 season for his role in the Biogenesis PED scandal. A-Rod is 5-for-17 in his career against Papelbon, including two home runs. Papelbon, who will be in the bullpen for the National League on Tuesday night, was asked who should make the Hall first, Rose or Rodriguez? "I would hope Pete Rose because he's already waited long enough and Alex is still playing," Papelbon said, before adding, "Alex is definitely a Hall of Famer for sure, 100 percent."