Baseball’s all-time hit king Pete Rose has sent a formal request to new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in an attempt to have his lifetime ban lifted. According to reports, Manfred will consider the Rose’s request “on its merits.”
Rose, now 73 years old, tried unsuccessfully to gain leniency from former-commissioners Bud Selig and Fay Vincent but his efforts were never considered. Manfred is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame board, but stated that he has not had discussions with other members regarding Rose’s inclusion.
“Honestly, I don’t think people should read any disposition into what I’m saying about this. I see it as a really simple thing. He’s made a request,” Manfred said. “Part of my obligations under the major league constitution is to deal with those requests, and I’ll deal with it.”
— Patty Dubs (@Pat_Whitehurst) March 16, 2015
In 1991 the Hall of Fame voted to ban players on the permanently ineligible list from induction. Rose amassed 4256 hits, an MLB record that still stands, over the course of his playing career which began in 1963 and concluded in 1986.
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