Rose asks for his ban to be lifted, commissioner says

Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:12pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said on Monday he had received a formal request from Pete Rose asking that his lifetime ban for gambling on baseball games be lifted.

Manfred told reporters at the Dodgers' spring training camp in Arizona that he would consider Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader's request "on its merits."

"I want to make sure I understand all of the details of the Dowd Report and Commissioner [Bart] Giamatti's decision and the agreement that was ultimately reached," Manfred said after a routine meeting with Dodgers players, according to

"I want to hear what Pete has to say, and I'll make a decision once I've done that."

Rose, 73, played from 1963 to 1986, amassing 4,256 hits, still the major league record.

Three years after he retired, Rose agreed to a permanent ban from baseball in 1989 amid accusations he gambled on games while playing and managing for the Cincinnati Reds.

Rose denied for nearly 15 years that he gambled on baseball, the game's cardinal sin since 1919 when members of the Chicago White Sox conspired to throw the World Series.

He finally admitted in his 2004 autobiography to making baseball wagers when he was manager of the Reds but insisted he never bet against his team.

Gaining reinstatement could be the first step to Rose reaching the Hall of Fame. In 1991, the Hall voted to ban players on the permanently ineligible list from induction.   Continued...

Former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose waves to the crowd during the 5th inning of play against the St. Louis Cardinals in their MLB baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 10, 2008.        REUTERS/John Sommers