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Pete Rose Denied the Hall by New Commish

A change in Major League Baseball commissioners did not alter baseball’s stance toward Pete Rose’s eligibility for the Hall of Fame.

Rob Manfred, who succeeded longtime commissioner Bud Selig in January, has denied Rose's application for reinstatement, former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent told USA TODAY Sports.

Rose met with Manfred in New York three months ago. He originally applied for reinstatement in 1997 and met with then-commissioner Bud Selig in 2002.

Selig never ruled on the application.

"I remain committed to the idea that Mr. Rose deserves an opportunity to tell me, in whatever format he feels most comfortable, whatever he wants me to know about the issues,'' Manfred told reporters at the All-Star Game in July. Manfred promised that he would render a decision on Rose's application by the end of the year.
 

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Moral of the story its OK to beat your wife/girlfriend unconscious, shoot yourself in the leg with a unregistered gun in a crowded night club or snort coke in the locker room, but DO NOT BET.
Guess what happens in Vegas doesn't really stay in Vegas.




Hall doors closed for Rose

By Joy Kay and Ronald Blum
AP Sports Writers
Dec. 14, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) — Pete Rose's application for reinstatement to baseball was rejected Monday by Commissioner Rob Manfred, who concluded the career hits leader continued to gamble even while trying to end his lifetime ban and would be a risk to the sport's integrity if allowed back in the game.

Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation for Major League Baseball by lawyer John Dowd found Rose placed numerous bets on the Cincinnati Reds to win from 1985-87 while playing for and managing the team.

In one of his first major actions, Manfred said in a four-page decision the career hits leader admitted he has kept on betting legally on horse racing and professional sports, including baseball. Manfred upheld the conclusions of the Dowd report and said MLB obtained additional evidence not available to Dowd: a notebook of betting records from 1986 kept by Rose associate Michael Bertolini.

"In short, Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing, so clearly established in the Dowd Report, or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of all the circumstances that led to his permanent in eligibility in 1989," Manfred wrote.

Manfred also said Rose has never "seriously sought treatment" for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Behavior, conditions he said in his 2004 book had afflicted him.
"Mr. Rose's public and private comments, including his initial admission in 2004, provide me with little confidence that he has a mature understanding of his wrongful conduct, that he has accepted full responsibility for it, or that he understands the damage he has caused," Manfred wrote. "I am also not convinced that he has avoided the type of conduct and associations that originally led to his placement on the permanently ineligible list."
Rose's lawyers said he will comment on the decision at a news conference Tuesday.
"While we may have failed at our task of presenting all of the facts to the commissioner demonstrating how Pete has grown and changed over the past three decades, Pete has meaningfully reconfigured his life," Rose's lawyers, Ray Genco and Mark Rosenbaum, said in a statement.

"Pete's fall from grace is without parallel, but he recognizes that it was also of his own making," they said. "As such, Pete seeks to be judged not just by the mistakes of his past, but also by the work he has done over the last three decades to take responsibility for his actions."

Manfred said when he met with the 74-year-old Rose, the 17-time All-Star at first was not forthcoming about his current gambling.
"Rose initially denied betting on baseball currently and only later in the interview did he 'clarify' his response to admit such betting," Manfred wrote.

Rose's conduct violated Major League Rule 21, which calls for a lifetime ban for betting on any game "with which the bettor has a duty to perform."

"Allowing him to work in the game presents unacceptable risk of a future violation by him of Rule 21, and thus to the integrity of our sport," Manfred wrote.

The ban prevents Rose from working for any major league team or minor league affiliate, but he is allowed to make ceremonial appearances with the commissioner's permission and may work for third parties such as Fox, which hired Rose this year as a baseball analyst.

Players on the permanently ineligible list also may not appear on the Hall of Fame ballot, a decision taken by the Hall's board in 1991. Reds President Bob Castellini said he hopes the Hall will reconsider its decision.

"We and the fans think he deserves that opportunity," he said.
At the time the ban agreement was announced, then-Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti said: "The burden is entirely on Mr. Rose to reconfigure his life in a way he deems appropriate."

Rose applied for reinstatement in September 1997 and met with Commissioner Bud Selig in November 2002, but Selig never ruled on Rose's application. Manfred succeeded Selig in January, and Rose applied again on Feb. 26 to end the ban. He met with Manfred on Sept. 24.

"It was great opinion," Dowd said. "I'm proud of the commissioner for protecting the integrity of the game."
Manfred called former Commissioner Fay Vincent on Monday to inform him of the decision. Vincent was Giamatti's deputy and hired Dowd, then became commissioner following Giamatti's death on Sept. 1, 1989.

"I think he is a tragic figure," Vincent said. "He believed he was a great ballplayer, that he could do anything he wanted and that baseball would never have the guts to throw him out."
Vincent called Rose's initial denial of current gambling "bizarre."

"He lied about betting on baseball right in the commissioner's office," Dowd said.

Rose repeatedly denied betting on baseball until in his 2004 autobiography, "Pete Rose: My Prison Without Bars." He reversed his stand and acknowledged he bet on the Reds while managing Cincinnati. Manfred said that while Rose admitted to him betting on Reds' game in 1987, he didn't remember facts established by the Dowd report showing he bet on baseball in 1985 and 1986 as a player.

Rose submitted two reports to Manfred, one by Dr. Timothy Fong, co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program and director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. Manfred said he gave the report little weight because it was inconsistent with what Manfred told him.

The second report was a polygraph test taken on Aug. 5 by a consultant retained by Rose's representatives. Manfred wrote the polygraph test concluded "no opinion" based on technical reasons that were not Rose's responsibility.
\Rose was the 1963 NL Rookie of the Year, 1973 MVP and 1975 World Series MVP. A three-time NL batting champion, he had 4,256 hits from 1963-86, topping the mark of 4,191 set by Ty Cobb from 1905-28.
 

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Buckethead said:
As well he should be. He made his bed.
I agree, he agreed to the suspension under the condition they would reevaluate it at a later day and would potentially lift it if he improved his character and actions.

He admits he still gambles on sports and only does autographs for money IN Las Vegas. What's the Commish supposed to do...reward his continued bad behavior?

This is no different than someone admitting they are violating their probation and are "shocked" the judge doesn't end the probation. The Commish had no choice.
 

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I'm not saying he is a choirboy just that given how other professional sports leagues handle indiscretions a lifetime ban never lasts forever.
How many lifetime bans did Dexter Manley receive from the NFL, Lawrence Taylor openly admitted in his book that he couldn't wait for the season to end so he could go doping and not worry about drug testing and got into the Hall on his first time of eligibility. Look at all the times Brady and Belacheat got caught, now think about all the times they didn't get caught cheating and I am sure both will get inducted when their carriers are finished.

If Rose was just a so-so player and a great coach then I could see them holding him back for what he did but he was good enough as a player to receive the honor as a player and they don't have proof he bet on his team as a player.

Lets see how long it takes Arod to make the hall. Rose did make his own bed and agreed to the ban but in the scheme of things is this the worst thing an athlete ever did, as a player or coach?
 

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Pete Rose "agreed" to the lifetime ban. Nobody pulled out his fingernails and tortured him. He and he alone agreed to the ban.

As far as those guys from football you mentioned, if they were banned for life it wouldn't bother me one bit. Especially Taylor.

Also, I'm sure there are lots of guys in the Halls of Fame that are less than perfect human beings but it's up to the powers that be in those sports to either let them in or keep them out. Right now they are keeping Rose out. We, the fans, only get to argue about it.
 

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Lets see how long it takes Arod to make the hall. Rose did make his own bed and agreed to the ban but in the scheme of things is this the worst thing an athlete ever did, as a player or coach?
The A-Rod point is valid, if anyone who is confirmed to use steroids is entered into the Hall of Fame, then you could make a case for Pete Rose, but until that happens and Baseball/Hall of Fame sticks to its principles, I have no problem with both being kept out.
 

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PED use in baseball is a recent no no. Gambling has been a no no since the Black Sox scandal in the early 1900's. He bet on baseball and his team when he was actively playing. He's a degenerate gambler who makes no apologies for being a degenerate gambler. I'm not at all convinced he never bet against his own team or may have manipulated games to win a bet.
 

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Pete's main reason for wanting to be in the HOF.......he can charge a lot more for autographs. Pete lost a ton of money not being in. Oh well.
 

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Birch812 said:
Lets see how long it takes Arod to make the hall. Rose did make his own bed and agreed to the ban but in the scheme of things is this the worst thing an athlete ever did, as a player or coach?
The A-Rod point is valid, if anyone who is confirmed to use steroids is entered into the Hall of Fame, then you could make a case for Pete Rose, but until that happens and Baseball/Hall of Fame sticks to its principles, I have no problem with both being kept out.
Given that he used them AFTER they were banned from baseball, it's valid. Bonds, McGuire, Sosa, Clemens, etc never once broke a rule of baseball. Rose, on the other hand, broke a rule that even casual baseball fans know. If anyone is getting shafted on that rule, it's Shoeless Joe Jackson. There is little evidence he actually bet on the 1919 Series, but Judge Landis decided that he could do whatever, kinda like Goodell. Jackson was actually a superior player in all aspects to Rose, and a better person. Babe Ruth actually modeled his swing after Jackson's.
 

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Every now and then I hear Mike Schmidt say that Rose should be in the HOF. He and Pete are buddies from their playing days together in Philly so it's understandable that he wants him in. He usually offers that without being asked.

I'm sure they are out there but I don't recall other current or former MLB players lobbying for Pete to be in the Hall. Does anybody hear current or former players lobby for Pete to be in? I'm asking about players only.
 

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Well I am sure ole Charlie Hustle is all for it......
Like you said, Schmidt and I am sure there are others too.
I do believe there needs to be rules for all to follow and Rose openly admitted he didn't follow the rules.

While he isn't in the hall yet, it [censored] a guy like Vince Coleman is eligible and does get votes, after the stunt he pulled. Talk about a reason to ban the guy from ever being allowed back into a MLB game even as a season ticket holder.
 

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He says he wants to do it for the grandkids, should thought off them sooner....
 

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He says he wants to do it for the grandkids, should thought of them sooner....
 
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