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Rob Manfred: Pete Rose can participate in All-Star Game festivities

The 2015 edition of the All-Star Game is in Cincinnati. 

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred reiterated on Thursday that Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in some activities during this year's All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Manfred told a meeting of the Associated Press Sports Editors that "you can rest assured [Rose] will be allowed to participate." He also said that he would speak with Reds owner Bob Castellini further about Rose's role during the festivities.

The 2015 All-Star Game will be played at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark on July 14th. 

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Pete Rose received a lifetime ban in 1989 from then commissioner Bart Giamatti for betting on baseball while he was the Reds' manager. He played 19 of his 24 MLB seasons with Cincinnati. 

In March, baseball's all-time hits leader sent a formal reinstatement request to Manfred.

- Erick Fernandez