There’s an old saying that goes, everyone in life deserves a second chance, so why hasn’t Pete Rose been giving his? Former MLB commissioner Bart Giamatti handed down a lifetime ban from baseball to Pete Rose on August 24, 1989, almost 26 years ago. Rose, one of the best players to ever step foot on the field, was banned for gambling and allegedly betting on his own team. Rose still shows a little bit of optimism and has not loss total hope that he could have his ban lifted one day.
Rose, now 73-years old, wants to have a sit down with new commissioner Rob Manfred with the hopes of becoming eligible to enter the Hall of Fame.
“I wish I could tell that I knew what he’ll do, but I never met him. I’ve never seen him but I’d love to talk to him. I’ll always have hope, that’s all I’ve got. I just want to be on the writers’ ballot. Let the writers decide. If they want me in, I’m in. If they don’t feel I should be in, I can live with that,” Rose told USA Today Sports.
Commissioner Manfred has acknowledged that Rose is on the radar just not right now.
Manfred told ESPN, “There will come a point where I have to decide that issue and fully intend to decide it.”
Rose has a very impressive list of achievements. He is a 17-time All-Star, 3-time World Series Champion, 3-time NL batting champ and 4,256 hits, most hits in MLB history.