From the Kansas City Star’s Jeffrey Flanagan :

Bret Saberhagen
doesn™t hold any illusions about his chances of making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame now that he™s entered his first year on the ballot.

But Saberhagen had some startling words for Hall voters about what he™d do if he got in.

œI™d have to decline, Saberhagen said by phone. œI wouldn™t accept it unless the Hall decides to put Pete Rose in, which is where he belongs. You™re talking about the all-time hits leader. It™s never been proven that he bet on baseball while he played.

Saberhagen said he isn™t a close friend of Rose™s.

œWe talk when we run into each other, Saberhagen said, œbut it™s not like I™ve got his number or he™s got mine. We don™t hang out. But I just feel there™s a problem with the Hall and him not being in there.

I totally know where Sabes is coming from. In the unlikely event CSTB ever wins a Weblog Award, I’ll turn the fucker down, in solidiarity with Pete Rose.