One of the most controversial men in baseball history just endorsed one of the most controversial presidential candidates.
"We've got to let Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame," Donald Trump said during a campaign rally in Ohio.
That's right, it appears former Cincinnati Reds star and would-be Hall-of-Famer Pete Rose is backing Donald Trump for president.
The endorsement comes shortly before an important 66-delegate, winner-take-all primary in Ohio. Recent polls show a closely contested race between Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
And a friendly bump from Rose could give Trump the edge he needs to defeat Kasich in the Buckeye State.
Kasich does have a nod from Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, though.
Despite Rose's 1989 permanent ban from baseball for betting on games, he still remains a beloved and popular figure throughout Ohio.
Rose's relationship with local voters is likely better than his relationship with Major League Baseball.
"Obviously I'm disappointed, but I'll continue to be the best baseball fan in the world," Rose said during a news conference.
In December, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred denied Rose's most recent application for reinstatement.
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