Updated: Aug 24, 2009, 4:03 PM

Vote: Pete Rose's Legacy

50 Cent Will Pete Rose's career accomplishments be lost among his transgressions?
Twenty years ago today, Pete Rose received the harshest of all of baseball's penalties: a lifetime ban for betting on games while employed as manager of the Reds. Rose protested his innocence for years, but eventually admitted to gambling in a 2004 autobiography, "My Prison Without Bars".

Rose's lifetime ban has engendered considerable controversy in the world of baseball. In a 2004 poll regarding the issue, SportsNation appeared divided. Huge majorities believed that he did not tell the whole truth, should not manage a major league team, and did not help his cause by lying to the public. However, 64 percent thought that he should, at some point in the future, be allowed into the Hall of Fame. It appears that, while fans could not forget Rose's violations, they remembered him more for his on-field performance.

Recently, some noise has been made about lifting Rose's lifetime ban, but Bud Selig has publicly stated that the ban will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. Now that 20 years have passed, has your opinion changed on Pete Rose, SportsNation?

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