Report: Pete Rose bet on baseball while he was a player
Last Updated Jun 22, 2015 2:42 PM EDT
When asked last year by CBS’ Lee Cowan if he feels he will ever get into the Hall of Fame, Rose said yes. I might be six feet under, but that’s what you have to live with.”
Pete Rose bet on baseball games while he was a player for the Cincinnati Reds, according to documents obtained by ESPN, a report that would contradict Rose’s claim that he only gambled on baseball as a manager.. The raid stemmed from a mail fraud investigation and was not related to Rose’s gambling, ESPN reported.
According to the notebook obtained by ESPN, Rose bet extensively on multiple sports from March to July 1986, when he was both a player and manager for the Reds.
“Since we submitted the application earlier this year, we committed to MLB that we would not comment on specific matters relating to reinstatement. I need to maintain that.
As recently as April 23 of this year, Rose denied that he ever bet on baseball as a player, according to CBSSports.com. “Someone, at some period of time, will feel it in their heart to give me a second chance. Ray Genco, Rose’s attorney, released the following statement from Rose to CBSSports.com:
“I don’t know if I’m going to live to see it,” Rose said. That meeting likely will come sometime after the All-Star break.”
Rose is baseball’s all-time major league hits leader. All Rights Reserved. According to ESPN, the incriminating documents are copies of pages from a notebook that were seized in 1989 during a raid of one of Rose’s associates, about two months after Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti exiled Rose from baseball. To be sure, I’m eager to sit down with [MLB Commissioner Rob] Manfred to address my entire history – the good and the bad -and my long personal journey since baseball. But he has been banished from the sport – and the Hall of Fame – as punishment for his gambling.
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