UPDATE (12:38 p.m. ET): MLB released a statement confirming Pete Rose will not be reinstated.
“Major League Baseball announced (Monday) that it has completed the review regarding Pete Rose’s application for reinstatement from the Ineligible List,” the statement said. “Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. (on Monday) informed Mr. Rose, both verbally and in writing, that the application has been denied.”
Original story: Pete Rose won’t be coming back to baseball.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly will not reinstate the former Cincinnati Reds first baseman, The New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt reported Monday, citing three sources with knowledge of the decision. Manfred reportedly planned to tell Rose his decision Thursday, but he called him Monday after the Times’ inquiry.
Rose has been banned from baseball since 1986, when it was discovered he bet on baseball as a manager for the Reds.
This is the third time Rose has applied for reinstatement, having done so in 1992 under then-commissioner Fay Vincent and in 1997 under Bud Selig. Rose met with Manfred in September to discuss his possible reinstatement, but the Times’ sources said the commissioner wasn’t convinced Rose was telling the truth about the extent of his gambling.
ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” released documents in June showing Rose bet on baseball as a player, too. For years Rose claimed he never bet on the game and never bet on the Reds, but he admitted as much in a 2004 autobiography.
Rose is a three-time World Series champion, 17-time All-Star and the all-time hits leader with 4,256. However, this decision means Rose will never have a shot at being a Hall of Famer.
Thumbnail photo via Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Pete Rose is honored prior to the 2015 MLB All Star Game at Great American Ball Park.
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