Why should I be surprised at what Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred decided on the reinstatement of Pete Rose on Monday?

Pete Rose, 4,192 steroid-free hits and all, had petitioned former commissioner Bud Selig about reinstate- ment. Rose had since petitioned Manfred about the same thing.

He was told the same thing both times. NO.

Yes, Pete Rose bet on baseball, but he has paid for it for the last 25 years, with a lifetime ban by the late commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

Pete Rose was the epitome of what a baseball player should be during his career. “Charlie Hustle” ran down to first base, even on a walk, and then played with reckless abandon on the base paths. There was no tougher player in the major leagues. Just ask Ray Fosse, whose career Rose ended when “Charlie Hustle” ran into catcher Fosse during an All-Star Game in the early 1970s.

The Baseball Hall of Fame is not a shrine for saints. It is a hall that is supposed to honor the greatest players baseball has ever seen.

Thanks to a commissioner who is out of touch with the generation who watched baseball in its heyday, Pete Rose will not be given the consideration he deserves by getting a bust in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Then again, this doesn’t really surprise me.

I believe that Pete cooked his own goose by changing his story about why he bet on baseball and wrote a book about it.

Pete Rose isn’t a saint by any means. None of us are.

If Jesus died on the cross for us to have a chance at salvation, doesn’t Pete Rose deserve at least fair consideration to be enshrined in Cooperstown? Pete has made mistakes before and continues to make them.

Folks, that’s called being human. Last time I looked, everyone makes mistakes, whether it be little or major.

More than likely, Pete Rose will not live to see the day that he is enshrined with the all-time greats in Cooperstown. As long as Rob Manfred is out of touch with the country regarding changes in baseball and also to be able to honor the best hitter of all time, baseball will continue going down the road to destruction.

The National Football League and the National Basketball Association as far as fan interest have already surpassed baseball. If the game isn’t sped up and marketed to the Facebook and Twitter generation, baseball will slowly die with each succeeding generation.

Baseball needs to make its postseason more readily available with more early starting times on the east coast. Starting World Series games at 8:30 p.m. causes a generation of fans to lose interest because they have to go to bed. Why not start the games at 7 p.m., like in the regular season? That way, the games would be over by 10 p.m. and you would have more fans following the games.

Both leagues should either have the designated hitter or neither league should. A compromise would have both players bat during the game.

A pitch clock should be implemented, with 30 seconds between pitches, except when a home run or hit occurs. After the home run or hit, give the pitcher a one-minute time out, then he will have 30 seconds to pitch again. If the pitcher doesn’t pitch within the 30 seconds, the batter will be credited with a ball.

Intentional walks should be signaled as four fingers, and then the runner goes to first base. Pitching four pitches for an intentional walk slows the game.

When a pinch-hitter is announced, the manager should have one minute to decide this. Also, if the opposing team switches pitchers, the batting team’s manager will have another minute to decide on a hitter.

The season should start on the last Monday in March, in warm weather or domed cities, except for the traditional season-opener in Cincinnati. The sea- son should end the Sunday after Labor Day so playoffs can be decided in decent weather. Going to November now doesn’t help the product. Under my proposal, the World Series would be over by mid- October at the latest.

It would be nice if my proposal saw the light of day, but I don’t see it happening...That would be as likely as my Atlanta Braves winning the 2016 World Series. That’s highly unlikely the way the Braves have been gutted this past year.

Wade Littleton is Sports Editor of The Rogersville Review. For comments or story ideas, E-mail wade.littleton@.therogersvillereview.com. You may also follow Wade on Facebook or wlittleton83 on Twitter.