Pete Rose had his appeal for reinstatement firmly slapped down Monday by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
The decision means that Rose still cannot be employed by any team in organized baseball, but more importantly, it virtually guarantees that he will not be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Manfred stressed that his findings only applied to Rose’s employment in baseball, and not to his eligibility for Cooperstown. However, surveys of Hall of Fame voters have shown that he has little chance of election unless his lifetime suspension is lifted.
When Rose originally agreed to a lifetime suspension, he and then-commissioner Bart Giamatti agreed that any future reinstatement would depend on Rose “reconfiguring” his life and accepting blame for what he had done to earn the suspension.
Manfred found that Rose has failed to do any of that. He still denies betting on baseball as an active player, even though more evidence has surfaced that he was doing that in his final two years.
“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.
Making Manfred’s decision even easier was Rose’s admission that he is still gambling, including on baseball. That, in the commissioner’s eyes, made reinstatement an “unacceptable risk.”