Major League Baseball Denies Pete Rose's Request For Reinstatement
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday he would not lift the ban on Pete Rose, meaning the legendary hitter also will not be eligible for the Hall of Fame, according to current rules.
As NPR's Tom Goldman previously reported for The Two-Way, Manfred was considering the request to reinstate the 74-year-old Rose, whose record for most hits in a career, 4,256, is considered by some to be untouchable. The former Cincinnati Reds All-Star was issued a lifetime ban in 1989 for betting on baseball. He has unsuccessfully campaigned for reinstatement in the past, but Rose hoped that Manfred, who took over for Bud Selig as commissioner in January, would rule in his favor.
However, according to Manfred'sthree-page written decision, he didn't have the evidence to support changing the status quo. Tom reports:
Manfred writes that Rose has continued to bet on professional sports, including baseball.
The decision comes several months after Rose met with Manfred at MLB headquarters to discuss the possibility of reinstatement. Rose spoke to WCPO in Cincinnati about the meeting:
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