Has Pete Rose’s MLB Ban Been Lifted?

Pete Rose, nicknamed “Charlie Hustle,” played professional baseball from 1963 to 1986, and then managed from 1984 to 1989. His career in baseball ended when he received a ban in 1989 for his gambling habit which he later admitted to. When he confessed he did gamble on the game he told the public that it had only been during his years managing, not while he was a player. Watch the video above to see a newscast from when he was banned.

New Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is said to have an open mind to consider hit king Pete Rose’s reinstatement bid, and it has become quite evident that he is indeed seriously weighing what to do about the 26-year-old ban.

The MLB’s ex-commissioner, Bud Selig was Rose’s biggest fan and almost managed to bring him back into baseball, but was appalled when Rose confessed and then wrote a book about the ban and confession which Selig and Rose discussed he should not do.

For months prior to the MLB All Star Game 2015, the new commissioner and those involved in the judicial process have been doing research and going over files on the case to decide whether he will be reinstated. Manfred has been lenient in letting Rose participate in the All Star Game and planned the meeting Rose in regards to the decision for after the game that is taking place in Cincinnati.

Since Selig denied Rose’s request just last year (August 2014) to be reinstated, it will be almost impossible according to some to overturn Selig’s decision, especially because the ex-commissioner and new commissioner are good friends.

Rose is known to be stubborn and persistent no matter what the odds are. His lawyer, Ray Genco told CBS:

Pete’s never shied away from an uphill task. I honestly do believe that he has reconfigured his life in an impressive way and look forward to commissioner Manfred getting to see that as this process plays out privately.

MLB people have given every indication that this application will be treated with a full and open mind, so I don’t necessarily buy the premise that it will be an uphill battle.

Without reinstatement, Rose would need the Hall of Fame to revoke its rule (1989) stating enshrinement for banned players is prohibited if he were to be inshrined in Cooperstown.

Stick around for updates on the commissioners decision for Pete Roses’ reinstatement.


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