Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has decided not to lift Pete Rose’s lifetime ban from baseball for betting on games, the league announced on Monday.
Michael S. Schmidt of The New York Times first reported the news.
Rose met with Manfred back in September regarding his application for reinstatement, which he formally submitted in March. The league announced a decision would come before the end of 2015.
“I think truthfulness is sort of the bedrock of every relationship,” Manfred told the Dan Patrick Show in September. “I think it would be a mistake for Pete to come in and do anything other than tell me everything and the complete truth with respect to everything.”
Ray Genco, Rose's attorney, issued the following statement to Sports Business Daily's Liz Mullen:
“We are disappointed by the decision of Commissioner Manfred this morning. We are reviewing the ruling with Pete and members of his family. Pete will address the media tomorrow morning at 11am PST. While we may have failed at our task of presenting all the facts to the Commissioner demonstrating how Pete has grown and changed over the past three decades, Pete indeed has meaningfully reconfigured his life- the standard laid out by as Commissioner Giamatti. Pete’s fall from grace is without parallel. He recognizes that it was also of his own making.”
In 1989, Rose received a lifetime ban from commissioner Fay Vincent for betting on baseball. As a player, he recorded 4,256 hits over his 24-year career. He was named an All Star 16 times, and a batting champion three times.
He previously applied for reinstatement in 1992 and 1997, but Vincent, and his successor Bud Selig, decided to keep him out of the game.
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