Commissioner Rob Manfred will speak with Pete Rose about reinstatement

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Tom Verducci: Will Pete Rose be reinstated by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred?
Monday March 16th, 2015

Commissioner Rob Manfred has received a formal reinstatement request from Pete Rose and the two will speak with each other, he told reporters Monday. 

“I'm prepared to deal with that request on its merits,” Manfred said, according to's Jon Heyman.

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.”

[daily_cut.MLB]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, is MLB's all-time hit leader with 4,256. He said he will attend this year's All-Star Game in Cincinnati, where he played 19 seasons and spent seven years as manager. 


- Dan Gartland

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