I actually don't feel as strongly as you guys. I voted no, but only because he signed an agreement not to be allowed back in.
He had a gambling problem, just like some players have drug and alcohol problems. Like Pete said, if it had been drugs or alcohol, he would have been put into a rehab program paid for by MLB and been back in baseball within a month or two. But it was gambling, so he's kicked out forever.
I have a little sympathy for him, but since he lied to the fans, I don't feel bad that he'll never be in the hall. But based on the fact that he signed that piece of paper (which essentially he signed so people wouldn't know the real truth), too bad for him. He only wrote the book to make money for himself, and I think he's making one last stab to get in the hall, adn if it doesn't work, at least he'll be a lot richer. Of course, until the Reds make the playoffs again.......at which time he'll probably piss the money away on post-season bets..............
"Jack, will you call me, if you're able?"
"I've got your phone number written, in the back of my Bible."