Pete Rose declines comment on ESPN betting report

Friday July 3rd, 2015

Pete Rose refused to comment when asked about a June ESPN report that he bet on baseball in 1986 while playing for the Cincinnati Reds.

Documents obtained by ESPN’s Outside the Lines show copies of notebook pages seized from the home of Michael Bertolini, a former Rose associate, by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989.

The documents show that baseball’s all-time hit king placed bets on at least one Major League team on 30 different days, and on 21 of those days he bet on baseball and on the Reds, including on games in which he played.

When asked about the report during an appearance on Fox Sports 1 on Thursday, Rose said he couldn’t comment because he plans to speak with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred later this year.

“I’m going to keep my end of the bargain,” Rose said on the America’s Pregame program. “I’m sure those questions will come about when I meet with the commissioner.

“As of today, speaking to you, I’d love to give you all the information, but I’ll keep my word and keep my comments to ‘No comment.’”

Rose, 74, is still hoping his lifetime ban from baseball will be overturned. He received the suspension in August 1989 after an investigation by Major League Baseball concluded he had bet on Reds games while managing the team.

Rose applied for reinstatement in 1997, but former commissioner Bud Selig never ruled on the matter. Rose applied again after Manfred replaced Selig in January.

Rose eventually admitted in 2004 to gambling on baseball as a manager but has said he never bet on baseball as a player.

- Scooby Axson


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