Manfred: Rose will be allowed to be part of All-Star Game

Pete Rose 'Deserves a Fair, Full Hearing': MLB Chief

NEW YORK (AP) -- Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer's All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati.

Rose, baseball's career hits leader and a former Reds star player and manager, agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport in 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on his team to win while he was managing the club.

Manfred said initial thoughts about Rose's role at the July 14 game will come from Reds owner Bob Castellini.

"I've agreed with Mr. Castellini that we're going to have a conversation about what specific kind of participation the Reds are interested in, and we have not had that conversation yet," Manfred said Thursday during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors. "You can rest assured that he will about allowed to participate in some of the activities."

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Manfred: Rose will be allowed to be part of All-Star Game
CINCINNATI, OH - FEBRUARY 6: Former Major League Baseball player Pete Rose attends the men's basketball game between the Connecticut Huskies and Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena on February 6, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati won 63-58. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 01: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Baseball legend Pete Rose attends his autograph session on August 1, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rose answers the Asahi Shimbun reporter, says he 'respects' Ichiro Suzuki but does not 'acknowledges' Ichiro Suzuki's 4,000 career hits, insists 1,278 of them were hit in Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Pete Rose appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: Baseball legend Pete Rose attends the 2012 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - AUGUST 03: Former baseball player Pete Rose arrives at the 11th Annual Harold Pump Foundation Gala - Arrivals at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on August 3, 2011 in Century City, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 11: Pete Rose hugs Tommy Helms during the ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of his breaking the career hit record of 4,192 on September 11, 2010 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Helms was the first base coach on the record breaking night of September 11, 1985. Rose was honored before the start of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 11: A fan holds up a sign during the ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose breaking the career hit record of 4,192 on September 11, 2010 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rose was honored before the start of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - JULY 10: Verne Troyer and Pete Rose at the Steve Garvey Celebrity Softball Game for ALS Research at Pepperdine University's Eddy D. Field Stadium on July 10, 2010 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 10: Baseball legend Pete Rose attends the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Indiana Pacers game at Conseco Fieldhouse on February 10, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3333 -- Pictured: (l-r) Baseball great Pete Rose during an interview with host Jay Leno on March 26, 2007 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

MLB permitted Rose to take part in the All-Century team announcement at Atlanta's Turner Field during the 1999 World Series and a Reds ceremony in 2013 honoring their 1975 and `76 championship teams.

In 24 seasons in the majors, Rose had 4,256 hits, won three World Series titles and was voted the 1963 NL Rookie of the Year and the 1973 NL Most Valuable Player. A 17-time All-Star, Rose made the team at five different positions.

Rose, who turned 74 this month, applied for reinstatement in September 1997 and met in November 2002 with Commissioner Bud Selig, who never ruled on the application. Rose submitted another application for reinstatement after Manfred succeeded Selig in January.

"We have gathered volumes, I mean literally volumes of documents, related to the original investigation," Manfred said, explaining how they had been brought out of storage. "They're in the process of organizing those, preparing summaries so that I can review those documents."

MLB has spoken with Rose's representatives about how the process for Manfred's evaluation will go forward. Manfred said it was too early to estimate a timetable.

Fox, which will televise the All-Star Game, said last weekend it had hired Rose as a studio analyst this season. Because of the ban, Rose is not allowed in areas of ballparks not open to fans, except with special approval from the commissioner's office.

"Fox's decision is their decision," Manfred said. "It's really not something that we have any contractual control over or that we ever had any input in."

Rose has been ineligible for the Hall of Fame ballot because of the lifetime ban. Manfred was asked about the distinction between Rose and players tainted by allegations of steroids use, who are eligible for the Hall but have fallen short of election.

"I don't accept the analogy between steroids and gambling," Manfred said. "I see gambling as different in a sense that baseball's rules on gambling have been in place literally for decades. They've been clear. They spell out specific penalties. The reason those rules exist is that gambling is corrosive in a number of ways, including raising the specter of somebody of not doing everything they can to win. Steroids - a very, very different kind of issue."

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