COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- In less than two years Pete Rose will be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame.

"In my opinion, if he bet on ballgames when he was a player, a player-manager or manager, he does not belong," Hall-of-Famer Ralph Kiner said.

"I mean, that's the one thing we've been told all our lives: We knew we could not gamble on baseball games."

Bob Feller said he might not return to induction ceremonies if Rose is elected.

Eddie Mathews, however, said some members might boycott the Hall if Rose is kept out.

Joe Morgan said of his former teammate: "He's lost his standing in baseball, the fans' adulation, his standing in the community and the friendships with the other players.

"Is he going to lose his Hall of Fame seat? That's for the writers to decide."

When asked about Rose, many bring up the integrity of the game.

"If Pete was sitting next to me in the Hall of Fame," Brooks Robinson said, "I would say Pete is here because of what he meant to the game. I think we've all got skeletons in the closet. . . . The more I think about it, the more I don't think character should be a part of it."