Baseball fans voted for Pete Rose to represent one of the Cincinnati Reds’ Franchise Four for the All-Star game on Tuesday. Rose along with Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin were determined by the fans as the best four players in the history of each major league franchise.

Rose, 74, also known by nickname “Charlie Hustle,” which he earned for his work ethic and enthusiasm as a Cincinnati Red, has not stepped foot in a professional baseball field after being banned from the sport back in 1989 for gambling.

Rose, holder of 19 major league baseball records, was not only accused of gambling against other teams, but against his own too. According to ESPN, there are records of bets made on many teams, including the one he managed that equaled to nearly $20,000 daily waged on bets.

On the 1987 baseball season, the IRS reported that Rose had bet $8,000 to $16,000 daily. In addition to that evidence, baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti received a 225-page report from investigator John Dowd that contained many documents that proved the allegations. Though there are many evidence proving the gambling allegations, Rose denied that he gambled on baseball.

“My life is baseball,” Rose said in a news conference at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium. “I hope to get back in baseball as soon as I possibly can. I’ve been in baseball for three decades, and to think I’m going to be out of baseball for a very short period of time hurts.”

PETE ROSE APPLIES FOR REINSTATEMENT INTO BASEBALL

Last March, Rose applied for reinstatement into baseball. Commissioner Rob Manfred,  agreed to review Rose’s case, Rose’s case, but in as of yet, there is not a firm day set.

“There’s really no change with the process in regard to Pete Rose,” said Manfred in a meeting with members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) on Tuesday morning. “The review of the original investigatory material is ongoing. I’m frankly amazed how much material there is to be reviewed.” Manfred also stated that he believes that Rose deserves an opportunity for his case to be reviewed, but that he is not ready for it yet.

The executive director of the players association, Tony Clark also met with BBWAA to discuss Rose’s case. members after Manfred. “I’m disheartened at how we got here,” said Clark. “It has nothing to do with reinstatement. I’m just disheartened that the Hit King finds himself in a place where every time you say his name, it’s tied to gambling and the situation that has dictated 25 or 26 years away from the game. It’s just disappointing.”

 

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