Pete Rose denied reinstatement by MLB

Dec 14, 2015 1:42 PM by News Staff

CINCINNATI -- Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has rejected Pete Rose's plea for reinstatement, citing his continued gambling and evidence that he bet on games when he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds.

Manfred says in a letter sent to Rose and made public Monday that baseball's hits king hasn't been completely honest about his gambling on baseball games. Manfred also noted that Rose continues to bet on baseball games legally, even though his gambling got him into trouble.

Manfred says it's an unacceptable risk to reinstate Rose under those circumstances.

The commissioner says that Rose's standing with baseball's Hall of Fame is a separate matter. He's currently ineligible to be considered for the ballot.

Rose has long maintained that he only bet on games while serving as a manager but evidence has surfaced suggesting otherwise. According to ESPN, the incriminating documents are copies of pages from a notebook that were seized in 1989 during a raid of one of Rose's associates, about two months after Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti exiled Rose from baseball. The raid stemmed from a mail fraud investigation and was not related to Rose's gambling, ESPN reported.

As recently as April 23 of this year, Rose denied that he ever bet on baseball as a player, according to

When asked last year by CBS' Lee Cowan if he feels he will ever get into the Hall of Fame, Rose said yes.

"I don't know if I'm going to live to see it," Rose said. "Someone, at some period of time, will feel it in their heart to give me a second chance. I might be six feet under, but that's what you have to live with."


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