Baseball legend Pete Rose says he's disappointed in the decision to keep his ban from Major League Baseball in place. Speaking at his restaurant in Las Vegas, the all-time hit king says he understands it was a difficult decision for new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
The now 74-year-old Rose was banned for life for betting on baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds in the 1980's. He has tried unsuccessfully in the past to get reinstated, but had hoped a new commissioner might see things in a different light. Rose met with Manfred in September to plead his case.
The commissioner ruled on Monday that Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life and, in fact, still bets on baseball and other sports legally to this day. Manfred says allowing him back in the game would present an unacceptable risk of a future violation. However, he will still allow Rose to participate in ceremonial activities that pose no threat to the sport's integrity. The National Baseball Hall of Fame says Rose remains ineligible to be on the Hall of Fame ballot because of the ban.
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