A special committee for baseball's Hall of Fame yesterday recommended that Pete Rose be barred from consideration for the Hall while he is on baseball's ineligible list.

The committee, meeting in New York, voted 7-3 to recommend to the Hall's 16-man board of directors that "anyone on baseball's ineligible list shall not be eligible for election to the Hall of Fame." Four of those who voted for the proposal are also on the board, which will consider the recommendation at a Feb. 4 meeting in New York.

Under current rules, Rose, who retired as a player four years ago, would be eligible for Hall consideration next year.

He was put on the ineligible list by commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti on Aug. 23, 1989, for gambling while managing the Cincinnati Reds. Rose was released from a federal prison last Monday after serving five months for income tax evasion. After his release, he moved to a Cincinnati halfway house to serve three months.

One of the people opposing yesterday's move was Ed Stack, president of the Hall's board of directors, but Bob Broeg, one of the elder statesmen on the board, said yesterday that he believed the board will follow the committee's recommendation.

Broeg, who was not a member of the special eligibility committee, said he felt the board would vote to bar Rose because members fear that the Baseball Writers Association of America, who vote on Hall candidates, might vote Rose in even if he remains on the suspended list.

"If it comes down to, 'Don't you trust the writers?' I would say the answer is no," said Broeg, a columnist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and since 1975 a Hall board member. "You can't do it {bar Rose} afterward. I don't think anyone is trying to gag anyone else, but it has to be done."

Voting to bar Rose yesterday were American League President Bobby Brown, former AL president Lee MacPhail, former National League president Chub Feeney, former Montreal Expos president John McHale, former baseball executive Charles Segar, Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts and former Negro Leagues star Buck O'Neil.

In addition to Stack, former New York writer Jack Lang and Phil Pepe of the Baseball Writers Association voted in favor of Rose. NL President Bill White and Hall-of-Famer Whitey Ford were on the eligibility committee, but did not attend the meeting.

MacPhail brought up the issue at yesterday's three-hour meeting.

"No one is distracting as to what Rose did on the field, but the criteria to be elected includes integrity, character and sportsmanship," said MacPhail.

"It did not seem to us, if someone is on the permanently ineligible list, that they should be included on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. No one in the history of baseball has been on the ballot while on the ineligible list."

Shoeless Joe Jackson, who had a Hall of Fame type career, was declared ineligible in March 1921. He is the only other player whose situation is similar.

MacPhail thought the fact that Stack voted against the proposal could have some influence on the board, but said the measure is necessary.

"It was not an easy thing for anybody, and a lot of people would have liked to have ducked the issue and leave it up to the writers," said MacPhail. "But some felt it was important to do something."

Lang said yesterday's discussion before the vote meant little.

"I think their minds were made up before they came in today," he said.

If the board passes the ruling, Lang said, Rose is likely never to be admitted because he does not foresee Rose being reinstated.

"The evidence they have that he bet on baseball will never change," said Lang. When Giamatti, who died the week after barring Rose, announced his decision, he said he believed that Rose had bet on baseball even though the player never admitted that.

Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent, who would consider any appeal by Rose for reinstatement, did not want to get involved in yesterday's vote or the board of directors consideration.

"I probably won't be at the {board of directors} meeting anyway, because I'm supposed to be traveling out of the country," said Vincent, a member of the board.

"If I went to the meeting, I wouldn't vote."

On the board of directors are Vincent, Brown, White, MacPhail, Feeney, McHale, Stack, Broeg, former commissioner Bowie Kuhn, Hall-of-Famers Roy Campanella and and Charlie Gehringer, Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig, Detroit Tigers chairman Jim Campbell, Boston Red Sox owner Jean Yawkey, Cooperstown Mayor Harold Hollis and Stephen Clark, son of the Hall of Fame founder.

Rod Carew, Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry, who this week were voted into the Hall, all said they feel Rose should be eligible for election. But several current members have indicated that they would not return to Cooperstown if Rose became a member. Broeg, who said he will vote against Rose when the board of directors meets next month, said the board will heavily weigh the feelings of those members.

"It wouldn't destroy my feelings for the Hall {if Rose is elected}," said Broeg. "But if it destroys the Hall, that's what counts. It would be extremely sad if some of these guys stayed away."