It was just a matter of time before Pete Rose lobbied to new Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred about being reinstated to the game of baseball. According to Manfred, he has received a formal request from Rose asking that his lifetime ban from baseball be lifted.
Rose has made attempts in the past to be reinstated but nothing ever come of it. He previously lobbied former MLB commissioners Fay Vincent and most recently Bud Selig, but neither granted his request.
There is no guarantee that Manfred will reinstate Rose to the game of baseball, but he is willing to listen and consider the request.
“I want to make sure I understand all of the details of the Dowd Report and Commissioner [Bart] Giamatti’s decision and the agreement that was ultimately reached,” Manfred said. “I want to hear what Pete has to say, and I’ll make a decision once I’ve done that.”
Rose played professionally from 1963-1986 and is the all-time leader in hits with 4,253. After he retired he was officially banned for life from the game of baseball after he admitted to betting on games while he was with the Cincinnati Reds.
If Rose, who is 73-years-old, ever wants to be considered for the Hall of Fame he must first be reinstated into baseball. The Hall of Fame has voted to never vote in players that are banned from baseball. If Manfred uses his power to reinstate Rose, the Hall of Fame would likely be Rose’s next mission.
Manfred is careful when he talks about the Rose situation and he does not want what he says to be taken the wrong way.
“Honestly, I don’t think people should read any disposition into what I’m saying about this. I see it as a really simple thing. He’s made a request,” Manfred said. “Part of my obligations under the major league constitution is to deal with those requests, and I’ll deal with it.”
Nation, what are your thoughts on this? Has Rose served his time and should he be reinstated to the game of baseball? Should his lifetime ban stand because he gambled on the game of baseball while a player and a manager? Let us know your thoughts.
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