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Pete Rose to have number retired by independent league team

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Baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose will have his number retired by the Frontier League's Florence Freedom, the team announced on Monday.

Rose, who was banned from Major League Baseball for gambling in 1989, will manage the team, sign autographs and have his number retired on Sept. 2 in Florence, Ky.

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Last month, MLB commissioner Bud Selig said the Cincinnati Reds will be allowed to include Rose in 2015 MLB All-Star Game festivities. Rose said last month PEDs have done more damage to baseball than his gambling.

Earlier this summer, Rose managed the Bridgeport Bluefish for one game.

- Paul Palladino

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