It seems that Pete Rose’s apology letter is swaying anyone at this rate. Once again, his letter was rejected by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. All expectations that Rose might have had has been crushed after going through the trouble of writing his latest letter and publishing it through TMZ.
Manfred made his stance very clear on Thursday, that Rose’s apologetic letter didn’t sway him anyway. Considering how Rose mentioned his age last time, and requested to be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame, he might have to wait another decade or maybe for another lifetime at this rate.
While speaking with the reporters, Manfred stated, “I believe that when you bet on baseball, from Major League Baseball’s perspective, you belong on the permanently ineligible list”. Betting on the game you play is a serious crime, and Rose is now regretting it very much.
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Pete Rose and Rob Manfred’s battle is far from over
Since his involvement in the 1980s gambling scandal, Pete Rose has been trying to get in the good graces of the league through various activities including writing vain apologetic letters. Though he has been granted to make an appearance on the field in very few cases, this is far less than satisfactory for the 81-year-old.
Rose was banned from MLB in 1989 as part of a legal settlement after the former Cincinnati Reds player was caught in the betting scandal. From then onwards, he has tried multiple times to ask for consideration regarding his HOF induction. This case has proved how grave the punishment can be for getting involved in illegal activities.
Rob Manfred stated, “When I dealt with the issue, the last time he applied for reinstatement, I made clear that I didn’t think that the function of that baseball list was the same as the eligibility criteria for the Hall of Fame”.
“That remains my position. I think it’s a conversation that really belongs in the Hall of Fame board. I’m on that board, and it’s just not appropriate for me to get in front of that conversation.”
Rose’s letter mentioned how he thinks about the Hall of Fame on a daily basis, “I am writing today for three reasons”. “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.”
“Second, to ask for your forgiveness. And third, because I still think every day about what it would mean to be considered for the Hall of Fame.” Apart from this ongoing battle. Manfred also noted that FTX will not be acting as a league sponsor next year. Last week, the cryptocurrency company filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy.
Manfred commented, “The FTX development was a little jarring”. “We have been really careful moving forward in this space. We’ve been really religious about staying away from coins themselves as opposed to more company-based sponsorships. We think that was prudent, particularly given the way things unfolded. We will proceed with caution in the future.”
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