In a major setback to baseball legend Pete Rose’s effort to gain admission to baseball’s Hall of Fame, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, announced that he will not lift the permanent ban imposed more than 25 years ago on Rose.
The New York Times was about to report today that the ban would be upheld, prompting Manfred to make the announcement.
“After learning that The Times was about to publish an article about the decision, Mr. Manfred called Mr. Rose and told him that he would not let him back into baseball,” the paper reports. “A statement and a detailed report from Major League Baseball then followed.”
The ban “was first imposed in 1989, when baseball concluded that Rose had bet on baseball games while managing the Cincinnati Reds and that some of the bets had been placed on his own team,” The Times notes.
In the statement released today, Manfred says: “Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing … or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of all the circumstances that led to his permanent ineligibility in 1989.”