this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, former Cincinnati Red great
Pete Rose walks onto the field during ceremonies honoring
the starting eight of the 1975-76 World Champion Reds
following a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and
the Los Angeles Dodgers in Cincinnati. Major League Baseball
Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday, April 23, 2015, that
Rose will play some role during this summer's All-Star Game
NEW YORK —
Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to
participate in activities surrounding this summer's All-Star Game
in his hometown of Cincinnati.
career hits leader and a former Reds star player and manager,
agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport in 1989 after a Major
League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on his team to win
while he was managing the club.
initial thoughts about Rose's role at the July 14 game will come
from Reds owner Bob Castellini.
with Mr. Castellini that we're going to have a conversation about
what specific kind of participation the Reds are interested in,
and we have not had that conversation yet," Manfred said
Thursday during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports
Editors. "You can rest assured that he will about allowed to
participate in some of the activities."
Rose to take part in the All-Century team announcement at
Atlanta's Turner Field during the 1999 World Series and a Reds
ceremony in 2013 honoring their 1975 and '76 championship teams.
In 24 seasons in
the majors, Rose had 4,256 hits, won three World Series titles and
was voted the 1963 NL Rookie of the Year and the 1973 NL Most
Valuable Player. A 17-time All-Star, Rose made the team at five
this April 15, 2015, file photo, Major League Baseball
Commissioner Rob Manfred talks during a news conference
prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and
the Seattle Mariners on Jackie Robinson Day in Los Angeles.
Manfred said Thursday, April 23, 2015, that Pete Rose will
play some role during this summer's All-Star Game in
Rose, who turned
74 this month, applied for reinstatement in September 1997 and met
in November 2002 with Commissioner Bud Selig, who never ruled on
the application. Rose submitted another application for
reinstatement after Manfred succeeded Selig in January.
gathered volumes, I mean literally volumes of documents, related
to the original investigation," Manfred said, explaining how
they had been brought out of storage. "They're in the process
of organizing those, preparing summaries so that I can review
MLB has spoken
with Rose's representatives about how the process for Manfred's
evaluation will go forward. Manfred said it was too early to
estimate a timetable.
Fox, which will
televise the All-Star Game, said last weekend it had hired Rose as
a studio analyst this season. Because of the ban, Rose is not
allowed in areas of ballparks not open to fans, except with
special approval from the commissioner's office.
decision is their decision," Manfred said. "It's really
not something that we have any contractual control over or that we
ever had any input in."
Rose has been
ineligible for the Hall of Fame ballot because of the lifetime
ban. Manfred was asked about the distinction between Rose and
players tainted by allegations of steroids use, who are eligible
for the Hall but have fallen short of election.
accept the analogy between steroids and gambling," Manfred
said. "I see gambling as different in a sense that baseball's
rules on gambling have been in place literally for decades.
They've been clear. They spell out specific penalties. The reason
those rules exist is that gambling is corrosive in a number of
ways, including raising the specter of somebody of not doing
everything they can to win. Steroids — a very, very different
kind of issue."