MLB's all-time hit king Pete Rose said he wants incoming commissioner Rob Manfred to give him a second chance and consider reversing his lifetime ban.
On Aug. 24, 1989, Rose was banned for life for betting on games. He has since apologized for his actions, but hasn’t been reinstated since being banned by commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.
Rose said in an interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap he wants another chance to make it right.
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"I've been led to believe America is a forgiving country, and if you do the right things – keep your nose clean, be a good citizen, pay your taxes, do all the things you're supposed to do – eventually you'll get a second chance," Rose said.
Rose finished his 24-year career with more hits, more games played, more career at-bats and career plate appearances than any other player in major league history.
Manfred is scheduled to take over for reigning commissioner Bud Selig in January. Rose told Schaap what he would say to Manfred if he had the opportunity.
“I wish some way in your heart you'd find an opportunity to give me a chance, a second chance, because if you don't, I'm still going to sell baseball like no one else you have working in the game," Rose said.
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