GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Pete Rose has submitted a new request to be reinstated to baseball, according to new Commissioner Rob Manfred.
The career hits leader agreed to a lifetime ban in August 1989 following an investigation by Major League Baseball that concluded he bet on the Cincinnati Reds to win while managing the team. He applied for reinstatement in September 1997 and met in November 2002 with Commissioner Bud Selig, who never ruled on the application.
Manfred replaced Selig in January.
After meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, Manfred said “I do have a formal request from Pete. What I intend to do is be in communication with his representatives, and we’ll talk about how we’ll handle it from a process perspective.”
“I’m prepared to deal with that request on its merits,” he added, according to WFAN and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
In January, Rose said on WFAN radio that he’d welcome an opportunity to speak with Manfred.
“The perfect world for Pete Rose would probably be, get in the Hall of Fame,” Rose told host Mike Francesa. “Because every player in his or her sport, the ultimate goal should be the Hall of Fame. But if I never make the Hall of Fame, I’m not gonna get on the Mike Francesa Show and whine about it, because I’m the one who screwed up.
“I’m the one that made the mistake. But if I’m ever given that second chance, I will appreciate that and I won’t need a third chance.”
Rose, 73, finished his career with a record 4,256 hits. He was a 17-time All-Star, a three-time World Series champion and won the National League MVP award in 1973.
“If I could have something on my tombstone,” Rose told WFAN Francesa on Jan. 20, “it would say, ‘Here lies the biggest winner in the history of sports.’ ”
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