Rose says best from Steroids Era belong in Hall of Fame

Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:07pm EST
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - All-time hits leader Pete Rose hopes he will get a second chance from incoming commissioner Rob Manfred after suffering a 25-year ban from Major League Baseball and a place in the Hall of Fame for gambling on the sport.

Manfred will take over as MLB chief from Bud Selig, whose 22-year reign ends on Saturday.

"I don't know Mr. Manfred," Rose, 73, told Reuters in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

"For every player in his or her sport the ultimate goal is to get into the Hall of Fame. But I'm the one who screwed up. If I'm ever given a second chance ... I'd be the happiest guy in the world."

The ban made Rose ineligible for Cooperstown enshrinement.

Rose was barred for life from baseball by Commissioner Bart Giamatti in 1989 after an investigation into allegations he had broken baseball's cardinal rule by gambling on games while manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

The man whose intensity earned him the nickname "Charlie Hustle" as a player, proclaimed his innocence for 15 years before admitting in 2004 he had bet on games though never against his own team.

Rose said he had only himself to blame and showed no signs of bitterness.   Continued...