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MLB Commissioner Says No To Pete Rose

Ann Thompson
Pete Rose was honored as part of the 2015 All-Star Game ceremonies.
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Update  4:25 p.m.: Pete Rose's attorney Ray Genco says Rose will address the media at 2 p.m. Tuesday. In a statement, Genco says "We are disappointed by the decision of Commissioner Manfred that was announced this morning. We are reviewing the ruling with Pete and his family."

He goes on to say:

While we may have failed at our task of presenting all of the facts to the commissioner demonstrating how Pete has grown and changed over the past three decades, Pete has meaningfully reconfigured his life according to the standard laid out by Commissioner Giamatti. Pete’s fall from grace is without parallel but he recognizes that it was also of his own making. As such, Pete seeks to be judged not just by the mistakes of his past, but also by the work he has done over the last three decades to take responsibility for his actions. He is constantly working to remain disciplined, compassionate and grateful. Pete highly regards the institution of the game and will continue to do all that he can to honor its greatness and remain the most enthusiastic fan.

Update 2:15 p.m.: The Cincinnati Reds have released this statement from President and CEO Bob Castellini:

"The Commissioner called me this morning prior to the announcement. We respect his decision on the matter of Pete Rose and are grateful for his diligence and the amount of time he spent on the matter. We also appreciate that the Commissioner stated that Hall of Fame consideration is a separate issue and we and the fans think he deserves that opportunity. We are pleased that we have had and will continue to have opportunities to commemorate Pete's remarkable on-field accomplishments. Any future plans to celebrate Pete's career with the Reds first will be discussed with the Commissioner and then will be communicated publicly at the appropriate time." 

Marty Brennaman, the Reds' long-time play-by-play radio announcer and a close friend of Rose, told WVXU he is "very disappointed in the announcement that was made, although I can't say that I was surprised. I kind of figured this was going to be the case." 

"If there is any upside to the whole thing, there is now a level of closure that we've not had for years and years,'' Brennaman said. "People can turn the page now and go on with their lives." 

Original Post: Major League Baseball has decided not to lift the permanent ban on former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose.

MLB announced Monday it has completed the review regarding Pete Rose’s application for reinstatement from the Ineligible List.

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. Monday informed Rose, both verbally and in writing, that the application has been denied. 

Manfred's reasons:

  • Rose still bets on horses and sports, including baseball.
  • Rose doesn't have a "grasp of the scope of his violations of Rule 21."
  • Rose never sought treatment for gambling.

In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame voted to ban players who were also banned from baseball.
Manfred's decision does not affect the Hall of Fame. "It is not a part of my authority or responsibility here to make any determination concerning Mr. Rose's eligibility as a candidate for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame."

The all-time Major League hits leader played and managed for the Cincinnati Reds. He also played for the Phillies and the Expos. In August 1989 he retired and accepted permanent ineligibility after allegations that he bet on baseball.

Attorney John Dowd investigated. In his report Dowd said, "no evidence was discovered that Rose bet against the Reds." But in a December 2002 interview he said Rose probably bet against the Reds while managing them.

MLB Denies Pete Rose Reinstatement