Boy, I love Pete Rose threads! People are so very split on if he should be in the hall, check out a poll here at the cafe back in March at viewtopic.php?t=257906
. That poll was 29 for, 28 against, 20 neutral.
As for me, I'm 100% in the camp of those who think Rose should be banned for life. I also think that the Bonds situation cannot be compared to the Rose situation. Very complex different situations.
One of the things I love about baseball is its rich deep history. Way back when, the Black Sox scandal almost destroyed the game. The hard line about gambling on baseball comes from there, and rightly so. If there was any chance people are fixing games, Baseball is dead.
I see fixing games very different as cheating to improve your performance. I'm not saying one is more acceptable or better than the other, just they are very different. And interms of impact, fixing seems to have more potential to damage the game.
That said, I do think Steroid/Bonds issue will have probably almost as lasting effect on baseball as the Black Sox scandal. It also threatens the game, but in a different way.
One more key thing. Baseball cheating has been around for a long time and almost tolerated as part of the game if you can get away with it. Steroids were new to baseball cheaters, and the rules maybe not as clear. So maybe, just maybe, you can argue Bonds didn't have clear precedence. But Rose had over 50 years of Baseball policy about gambling.
Not sure yet how I feel about Bonds (or McQuire or others) being in the Hall. But I am sure how I feel about Rose. Keep him out.