Heard on the Hill

Reid: MLB Should Let Pete Rose Into the Hall of Fame

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., thinks that Major League Baseball should lift its lifetime ban on Pete Rose and induct him into the Hall of Fame.

Because, of course. Reid loves talking about baseball. And he's also from Nevada, where gambling is nbd. For those of you a little more #WGDB and a little less #MLB, Rose is baseball's all-time leader in hits but is permanently banned from Cooperstown because he bet on games while playing for and managing the Cincinnati Reds.

, Reid was talking up the Hall of Fame credentials of Ichiro Suzuki, when he dropped the bomb about Charlie Hustle.

"And let’s also bring in Pete Rose. He has been punished enough,” Reid said, according to the paper. "He [Rose] has been [punished] for years. ... He bet when he was a manager of a team. Games were lost. All that stuff. But he’s been punished enough. He is one of the great baseball players of all time. He didn’t take drugs, so yes; I think he should be in.”

It remains unclear whether Reid's last indictment — "he didn't take drugs" — was a direct shot at embattled New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. But at this point, a shared hatred of that guy could be the only bipartisan bridge to avert a government shutdown, so maybe we'll take it. But let us not forget, Reid is still the guy who makes political analogies on the Senate floor pegged to Davey Johnson being the best manager in baseball and

to Davey Johnson being the best manager in baseball and that dude appears to be on his way out.