Bud Selig: Reds can include Pete Rose in 2015 All-Star Game festivities

Tuesday July 15th, 2014

The Cincinnati Reds will be allowed to include former great Pete Rose in festivities surrounding the 2015 All-Star Game when they host the event next year, MLB commissioner Bud Selig told the Baseball Writers of America on Tuesday.

Selig didn't speak specifically about what Rose will be allowed to participate in, indicating any plans the Reds have would still have to be approved by the league.

"That'll be up to the Cincinnati club, and they know what they can do and they can't do," Selig said. "They've been very good about that. We haven't had that discussion."

"It's sort of subjective, they've done some things with Pete, but they've been very, very thoughtful and limited. That's a subject that I'm sure they'll discuss in the next year.

Reds owner Bob Castellini told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the teams plans on including Rose in various All-Star events, though Castellini did say the team wanted to keep Major League Baseball "comfortable." 

Rose -- baseball's all-time hits leader -- was banned from the game in 1989 due to allegations that he bet on games while acting as player-manager of the Reds, which he disputed at the time but later confirmed. Though he has applied for reinstatement several times, commissioners Fay Vincent and Selig have refused to grant his wish.

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There has been something of a softening of the ban in recent years, as MLB allowed Rose to make official appearances with the Reds twice the last few years. 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.

Recently Rose managed a game for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League.

- Ben Estes

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