President Trump Calls for Pete Rose to Be Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

President Donald Trump tweeted his support Saturday for former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose, who was banned from baseball for gambling in 1989, to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Trump tweeted that Rose's accolades outweigh the ongoing controversy regarding him gambling on games to win.

"Pete Rose played Major League Baseball for 24 seasons, from 1963-1986, and had more hits, 4,256, than any other player (by a wide margin)," Trump wrote. "He gambled, but only on his own team winning, and paid a decades long price. GET PETE ROSE INTO THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME. It's Time!"

Reactions to the president's tweet about Rose have been mixed. Some people supported the president's tweet as a unifying point. "Here we go. A stance that should unify the country. It's time!" comedian and author Tim Young tweeted.

Another person agreed with the president: "While I've never been one to like the mixing of sport and politics, Donald Trump has absolutey nailed this. A great tweet. The statistics don't lie and indeed Pete Rose has already, well and truly, paid the price for his mistakes of the past. He belongs in the HoF."

Other Twitter users made the point that Trump was hurting Rose's chance. "Way to ruin Pete's shot at the Hall of Fame," comedian and Los Angeles Koreatown Neighborhood Council representative Kristina Wong wrote.

One Twitterer also wrote: "I wonder how Rose feels about Trump trying to attach his cheating in an election to making excuses for Rose betting on baseball in violation of the rules....Let's make cheating great again!"

Rose recently petitioned Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred to allow him back into baseball amid the cheating scandal involving the Houston Astros.

"It has never been suggested, let alone established, that any of Mr. Rose's actions influenced the outcome of any game or the performance of any player," Rose's lawyer wrote to Manfred, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution. "Yet for the 31st year and counting, he continues to suffer a punishment vastly disproportionate to those who have done just that. Given the manner in which Major League Baseball has treated and continues to treat other egregious assaults on the integrity of the game, Mr. Rose's ongoing punishment is no longer justifiable as a proportional response to his transgressions."

Despite being having the most hits of all time in major league history, Rose was banned from the game after the Dowd Report found that Rose had gambled on professional baseball games. The report also stated that there is "no evidence was discovered that Rose bet against the Reds" -- although its author, John Dowd, said in 2002 that he had evidence that Rose did wager against the team.

Rose has applied for reinstatement since 1992, but his bid was successful under then-commissioners Fay Vincent and Bud Selig. In 2015, Manfred rejected Rose's request.

Updated 8:01 PM ET

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Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies prepares to bat at Veterans Stadium circa 1983 in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. Despite years of ineligibility, Donald Trump tweeted his support for Rose to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. Owen C. Shaw/Getty
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