MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark said he wants to see Pete Rose reinstated, ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports.
On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he will speak with Rose about reinstatement after receiving a formal request from baseball’s all-time hit leader.
Clark, who is entering his second season leading the MLBPA, said he also wants Rose to receive a second chance.
Tony Clark on Pete Rose: "I would love to see Pete Rose reinstated"'Not his call of course. But interesting!— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) March 17, 2015
In an interview on The Dan Patrick Show last Friday, Manfred said that Rose could still be elected to the Hall of Fame without being reinstated by MLB because the Hall is not operated by MLB. Manfred also said that he has not “had a chance ... to dig into the voluminous record that was all developed before I was at Baseball.”
Rose was banned from baseball for life on Aug. 24, 1989, by then-commissioner Bart Giamatti for betting on baseball games. He admitted to having done so in 2004 and has said on multiple occasions since Manfred was named as Bud Selig's successor that he would like to have his status reconsidered.
Rose, 73, said he will attend this year’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati, where he played 19 seasons and spent seven years as manager.
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