Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the rejection of Pete Rose’s plea for reinstatement into the MLB after finding out evidence of him still gambling on games, including his time playing with the Cincinnati Reds.
Manfred made comments and wrote a statement about Rose not being honest about gambling on the games.
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 according to ESPN.
Rose was banned from the game since 1989. He is arguable the best hitter of all time putting up more than 4,000 hits in his career. Writers continue to vote for him being part of the Hall of Fame, but Manfred is thinking differently.
In my view, the considerations that should drive a decision on whether an individual should be allowed to work in Baseball are not the same as those that should drive a decision on Hall of Fame eligibility,” Manfred wrote. “… Any debate over Mr. Rose’s eligibility for the Hall of Fame is one that must take place in a different forum.
It’s troubling for baseball to see one of the greats still not part of the game. The problem is it already too late due to his age and addiction of gambling?