MLB News: Pete Rose Ban Upheld By Commissioner Rob Manfred, All-Time Hit Leader Not Reinstated

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Dec 14, 2015 08:02 PM EST
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Pete Rose acknowledges the crowd during a ceremony at Great American Ball Park on September 12, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio."

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Monday that Pete Rose will remain banned from baseball, rejecting the request from Rose asking for reinstatement. Manfred rejected Rose on the basis of his past gambling on games while he was involved in baseball and his continued participation in legal gambling.

According to ESPN, Manfred released the letter he sent to Rose about the ban, writing that Rose has not fully disclosed his continued his participation in gambling and that he "initially denied betting on baseball currently." Manfred wrote that the continued gambling for Rose made it an "unacceptable risk" to allow Rose back into baseball. Rose previously was banned back in 1989 and last year Rose met with Manfred in Manhattan to discuss the situation.

Manfred said that he would make a decision about Rose and his ban by the end of 2015 and he followed through on that this week. Rose is the all-time hits leader in Major League Baseball history with 4,256 hits.

"Rose initially denied betting on baseball currently and only later in the interview did he 'clarify' his response to admit such betting," Manfred wrote.

Manfred wrote that Rose can make appearances in certain activities that are connected to baseball, like the All-Star game appearance he made in Cincinnati this year. Manfred wrote: "I will continue to allow him to participate in ceremonial activities that present no threat to the integrity of the game, provided that the activities are approved by me in advance."

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