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Pete Rose will reportedly remain banned from Major League Baseball

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Pete Rose: Meeting with Manfred Was 'Cordial'


By JOHN DORN

Major League Baseball's transition to Rob Manfred's regime as commissioner has come with speculation that the league's all-time hit leader, Pete Rose, would have a new chance at having his lifelong ban lifted. That speculation can officially come to a close, according to a report.

Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reported Monday that Manfred has decided to keep Rose's suspension in place, leaving him ineligible to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Manfred, who took over as league commissioner when Bud Selig retired in January, met with Rose three months ago in Manhattan to discuss the 74-year-old's future with the league.

Rose had been much more prominent around MLB events, such as World Series and All-Star Games, over recent years, leading to chatter that the league was considering opening its doors to Rose on a larger scale.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - 1965: Infielder Pete Rose, of the Cincinnati Reds, poses for a portrait prior to a game in 1965 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Pete Rose looks up after being called out at second base by umpire Bob Burkhart in a game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, July 27, 1968. (Photo by Barton Silverman/New York Times Co./Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - UNDATED: Outfielder Pete Rose #14 of the Cincinnati Reds walks alone down a vacant corridor at Riverfront Stadium during the 1970s in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 9: Pete Rose #14 of the Philadelphia Phillies along with his son Pete Rose Jr. exercise during spring training on March 9, 1979 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by B Bennett/Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 069 -- Pictured: (l-r) Baseball legend Pete Rose during an interview with host Seth Meyers on July 14, 2014 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 13: A Cincinnati Reds fan displays a sign in support of former Red Pete Rose during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Great American Ball Park on August 13, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Red Sox won 5-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: Former player and manager Pete Rose waves to the crowd prior to the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The ex-Red, Phillie and Expo has been banned from the sport since 1989, when the league concluded that Rose was guilty of betting on MLB games while serving as Cincinnati manager. Following more than a decade of denial, Rose admitted to betting on baseball -- including his own games -- in 2004.

An ESPN Outside the Lines report from June revealed that he bet on games not only as a manager, but during his playing career as well. Rose had previously applied for reinstatement in 1994 and 1997, with Selig and his predecessor Faye Vincent both denying his re-entry into the league.

According to the Timesreport, Manfred still wasn't convinced during their September meeting that Rose was completely forthcoming about his gambling during his MLB career as a manager and player.

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