Pete Rose wants back into organized baseball at the highest level.
Major League Baseball’s all-time hit king has made a formal request to be reinstated, new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred revealed Monday, according to CBSSports.com. Rose, of course, is serving a lifetime ban for betting on baseball.
“I do have a formal request from Pete. I will be in communications with his representatives,” Manfred told reporters, according to CBSSports.com. “I’m prepared to deal with that request on its merits.”
Commissioner Bart Giamatti handed Rose the lifetime ban in 1989, and Giamatti’s successor, Bud Selig, upheld that ban despite multiple reinstation requests from Rose over the years.
The ban obviously has kept Rose out of the Hall of Fame, despite his incredible career stats. Rose totaled 4,256 career hits for his career, hitting .303 over the course of a 24-year career. Rose won the 1963 Rookie of the Year and the 1973 National League MVP. He was also named to 17 All-Star teams.
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