An online sports book has released betting odds for whether new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will reinstate Pete Rose during his tenure.
The website MyTopSportsBooks.com has set the odds at 8/1 that Rose will be reinstated, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Rose has been banned from baseball since 1989 for betting on baseball while acting as player-manager of the Reds. He's applied for reinstatement several times, but commissioners Fay Vincent and Selig have refused to grant his wish.
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Manfred, who was elected Selig's successor by the owners last Thursday, could change MLB's stance towards Rose if he chooses.
There has been somewhat of a softening of the ban in recent years, as Rose has been allowed to make two official appearances with the Reds. In 2010, he was honored by the team on the 25th anniversary of his 4,192nd hit, and last season he took part in a ceremony involving the core players of the Big Red Machine teams of the 1970s.
Manfred takes over as commissioner in January.
The website also released odds on such subjects as whether labor peace will continue, whether more playoff teams will be added and whether the designated hitter will be added to the National League.
- Ben Estes