Pete Rose is the all-time MLB hit king with 4,256 hits — however he isn’t within the Baseball Corridor of Fame.
As an alternative, Rose is banned from Major League Baseball, thus ineligible for the Corridor of Fame, as a result of he guess on baseball video games throughout his enjoying and managerial profession with the Cincinnati Reds.
Rose has utilized for reinstatement 4 instances, and has been denied every time, together with as lately as 2020.
However he lately wrote a letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, asking to take him off baseball’s ineligible listing.
“I’ve apologized many instances, each for betting on baseball video games whereas managing the Cincinnati Reds after which for denying that I did,” he wrote. “I’m writing at this time for 3 causes. First, as a result of at my age I need to be 100% positive that you simply perceive how a lot I imply it once I say that I’m sorry. Second, to ask on your forgiveness. And third, as a result of I nonetheless suppose daily about what it will imply to be thought of for the Corridor of Fame.”
Rose famous that he “disenchanted many Reds followers and baseball followers” and “it’s amongst my best regrets that I let down followers who believed in me and who love baseball.”
“You may’t think about how painful it’s once I see my teammates from all the nice groups I performed on and gamers I performed towards go about their lives in methods I wished to,” Rose wrote. “I need to be part of that too and I do know I in all probability by no means will. I’m so grateful for the time I shared with them on and off the sphere. Nothing replaces it. Folks suppose you progress on after you permit the sport. You do in some ways. However crucial elements of baseball ought to develop even stronger. I screwed that up.
“I’m asking on your forgiveness. Regardless of my many errors, I’m so pleased with what I achieved as a baseball participant — I’m the Hit King and it’s my dream to be thought of for the Corridor of Fame. Like all of us, I imagine in accountability. I’m 81 years previous and know that I’ve been held accountable and that I maintain myself accountable. I write now to ask for one more probability.”
Rose was positioned on baseball’s completely ineligible listing by then-commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti — who served simply 5 months as MLB’s commissioner earlier than dying of a coronary heart assault — in 1989, only one week earlier than Giamatti’s passing. He denied the claims for years however lastly admitted to betting on baseball and Reds video games in 2004.
Rose had admitted he continues to guess on baseball, which has plagued him and his reinstatement hopes, however the Reds will open a BetMGM sportsbook in Nice American Ball Park subsequent yr.
Rose has made a number of appearances at MLB stadiums through the years since being banned, the primary being when he was named to the All-Century Group in a pregame ceremony earlier than Recreation 2 of the 1999 World Sequence. He additionally appeared in a celebration for the twenty fifth anniversary of him turning into the Hit King in 2010, in addition to the festivities for the 2015 All Star Recreation in Cincinnati. This previous August, he went to Residents Financial institution Park to celebrate the 1980 Phillies, who gained the World Sequence that yr.
Rose is a 17-time All Star and hit .303 over his profession, throughout which he gained three World Sequence.