A few years ago, I tried an experiment. Whenever I spoke — whether it was at a convention or a church gathering or an Optimist Club meeting — I would find the time to ask a question: How many of you think Pete Rose belongs in the baseball Hall of Fame?
I would say — and this is conservative — at least 90 percent of the hands have gone up in the air.
That’s what statisticians might call "a small sample size." It’s anecdotal. Your experience might be completely different — you might not know anyone who thinks Rose should be in the Hall. But I’d say most fans — even some who don’t like Rose — think he deserves a place in Cooperstown.