Pedro Martinez believes Pete Rose deserves a spot in Cooperstown.
Elected to the Hall of Fame in January after appearing on 91.1 percent of ballots submitted by the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Martinez endorsed Rose's candidacy Wednesday while implicitly supporting the disgraced icon's recent bid for reinstatement into Major League Baseball.
"With all due respect to everybody - to the Hall of Fame, to the new commissioner, to the former commissioner - I believe he should be in there," Martinez said on an MLB Network conference call.
Rose, whose 4,256 career hits represent the all-time record, famously agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 amid evidence that he bet on games during his time playing for and managing the Cincinnati Reds. Though he applied for reinstatement in both 1992 and 1999, his efforts proved unsuccessful.