All of that fun we had the other day with Pete Rose seems to have petered out, as Bud Selig is now telling people that he's not going to pardon the hit king. The Dayton Daily News' Hal McCoy thinks that someone got played:
I can sniff exactly what happened. It has happened to me. I wrote a story once and the next day Commissioner Selig was on the phone personally, straightening me out.
Madden is a close friend of mine and I respect him immensely. He is on the writers ballot for the Spink Award and Hall of Fame induction next year. He attends the Hall of Fame ceremonies every year and talks to all the Hall of Famers.
Somebody steered him wrong. I noticed there were no quotes from Selig on the story that he is considering Rose's reinstatement. Madden talked about Hank Aaron backing Rose, along with Joe Morgan and Frank Robinson. Somebody spoon-fed him false information - maybe even some of Rose's people, who have been known to do that.
Anyway, I suspect Selig called Madden on Monday and set the record straight.
Isn't just as likely -- and in total keeping with his past habits -- that Bud Selig was sending up a trial balloon to see how a reinstatement would play? And that, given what, from where I'm sitting anyway, looks like a decidedly anti-reinstatement sentiment, decided to walk it back?