It has been 27-years since Pete Rose voluntary accepted the punishment laid down by then commissioner Angelo Bartlett “Bart” Giamatti (died 8-days after making his decision) to be placed on baseball’s ineligible list. A punishment which he never believed would have kept him out of MLB Baseball Hall of Fame.
The retirement of Bud Selig as MLB Commissioner opened a new doorway for Rose. In March Rose submitted his application for reinstatement to newly appointed commissioner Rob Manfred; and today Manfred announced on ESPN 980 with Thom Loverro and Kevin Sheehan that a decision on Roses’ application will be made before the end of the year.
While there is a ray of hope for Rose, he still has a huge obstacle to overcome. Rose admitted to betting on baseball as manager of the Cincinnati Reds as part of rehabilitating his reputation several years ago. In June ESPN reported about newly found documents that show Rose not only bet on baseball as manager but also as a player.
If this was Bud Selig making the decision I would say Rose has no shot at reinstatement, Selig was a close friend of Bart Giamatti and Selig never had any interest of undoing his friend’s decision. With Manfred, Rose has a chance, a chance that Manfred may want to move past this ugly stain on baseball history.
My personal opinion is that I love baseball and Rose broke basically the single most important rule in the game….
Rule 21 – Misconduct
BETTING ON BALL GAMES. Any player, umpire, or club official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has no duty to perform shall be declared ineligible for one year. Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.
F#((% PETE ROSE!!!!
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!
Credit: Pete Rose Rule