The three time NL batting champion Pete Rose’s application to lift his lifetime ban has been rejected on Monday by Commissioner Rob Manfred after reports proved that Rose continued to gamble even while trying to end his lifetime ban.
According to Manfred, Pete Rose’s reinstatement to baseball would compromise the sport’s integrity.
Rose’s lifetime ban from baseball came in August 1989 after investigating lawyer John Dowd proved that Rose placed numerous bets on the Cincinnati Reds to win from 1985-87 while playing for and managing the team.
Manfred, in his four-page decision, highlighted Pete Rose’s history of betting on horse racing and other professional sports, even baseball. Manfred also said that MLB has additional evidence to prove the charges: a notebook of betting records from 1986 kept by Pete Rose’s associate Michael Bertolini.
According to a Fox Sports report, Manfred announced his decision saying: “In short, Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing, so clearly established in the Dowd Report, or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of all the circumstances that led to his permanent in eligibility in 1989.”
“Mr. Rose’s public and private comments, including his initial admission in 2004, provide me with little confidence that he has a mature understanding of his wrongful conduct, that he has accepted full responsibility for it, or that he understands the damage he has caused.”
“I am also not convinced that he has avoided the type of conduct and associations that originally led to his placement on the permanently ineligible list.”
Rose will comment on the latest decision at a news conference on Tuesday.
In his report, Manfred also said that the 17 All Time star did not reveal about his current gambling when Manfred met Rose but admitted it much later in an interview.
Rose’s conduct violated Major League Rule 21 which calls for a lifetime ban for betting on any game.
Rose was the 1963 NL Rookie of the Year, 1973 MVP and 1975 World Series MVP.