Rob Manfred Responds to Pete Rose’s Latest Hall of Fame Plea
Pete Rose is trying to get his Hall of Fame eligibility restored by MLB. He wrote a letter to Rob Manfred in which he pleaded for it to be done.
“I am writing today for three reasons,” Rose wrote to Manfred, via TMZ. “First, because at my age I want to be 100% sure that you understand how much I mean it when I say that I’m sorry. To ask for your forgiveness. Third, because I still think every single day about what it would be like to be considered for Hall of Fame . A week later, Manfred replied to Rose’s plea and said that Rose will continue to be banned from the league. Cooperstown is left to decide the Hall of Fame topic.
“I believe when you bet baseball from Major League Baseball’s perspective, that you belong on The Permanently Ineligible List,” Manfred stated via The Athletic ‘s Evan Drellich .
” When I dealt with the matter the last time he applied to reinstatement, I made it clear that I did not believe that the function of that baseball roster was the same as the eligibility criteria of the Hall of Fame. This is my position. It’s a conversation that belongs on the Hall of Fame Board. I’m on that board, it’s just not appropriate for me to get in front [of those talks].”
Rose was suspended indefinitely in 1989 for betting on games while he played for and managed the Reds in the mid 1980s. As a result, MLB’s all-time hits leader has never been on the ballot for Cooperstown.
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