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Last year of eligibility on sports writers ballot is '06

Updated: August 20, 2005, 12:55 AM ET
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Cincinnati Reds: Pete Rose must be reinstated soon if he ever wants to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by sports writers.

The all-time hits leader agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport 16 years ago following a gambling probe. Hall of Fame rules say anyone who is banned from baseball can't be on the ballot.

Rose must be reinstated by baseball commissioner Bud Selig by late November to appear on the Baseball Writers' Association of America 2006 ballot, the final year he would ...

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