Pete Rose pleads with MLB commissioner in Baseball Hall of Fame bet

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Disgraced MLB legend Pete Rose rolls the dice in a bid to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Former commissioner Bart Giamatti banned Rose from playing for life in 1989 in connection with the Reds bench boss betting on baseball.

Now, one of the sport’s all-time greats sent a letter to current MLB commissioner Rob Manfred this week pleading his case for induction into Cooperstown.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions during an MLB owners meeting at the Waldorf Astoria on February 10, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions during an MLB owners meeting at the Waldorf Astoria on February 10, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Julio Aguilar /Getty Images

“I am writing today for three reasons,” Rose wrote in the letter obtained by TMZ Sports. “First, because at my age, I want to be 100% sure that you understand how much I mean it when I say I’m sorry. Second, to ask for your forgiveness. And third, because I still think every day what it would mean to be considered for the Hall of Fame.

The 81-year-old former superstar, who earned the nickname Charlie Hustle for his work ethic on diamond endeavors, agreed he let a lot of people down. Playing the game he loves has been the biggest regret of his life.

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Montreal Expo's Pete Rose is congratulated by teammates Gary Carter and Argenis Salazar after Rose's 4,000th hit in the Expos' home opener on April 13, 1984.
Montreal Expo’s Pete Rose is congratulated by teammates Gary Carter and Argenis Salazar after Rose’s 4,000th hit in the Expos’ home opener on April 13, 1984. Photo by RON POLING /Canadian Press

“Besides spending time with my kids and my partner, there’s nothing that makes me happier than playing baseball in front of fans,” he wrote. “That I let them down and brought shame to the sport we all love is something I think about every day.”

Of course, over a long career with the Reds, Phillies and Expos, if it weren’t for the game, Rose would have been inducted on his first crack.

The Cincinnati native holds a slew of records, including most hits with 4,256, 1,314 RBI and a .303 lifetime batting average.

Former baseball player Pete Rose was in Winnipeg signing autographs at the Park Theatre.  Saturday April 26, 2014.
Former baseball player Pete Rose was in Winnipeg signing autographs at the Park Theatre. Saturday April 26, 2014. Photo by Chris Procaylo /Chris Procaylo/Winnipeg Sun/QMI

During his career, he appeared in the annual All-Star Game 17 times and was the NL MVP in 1973 and the World Series MVP in 1975. His teams won three World Series.

But the shine was off when the hard-charging Rose became Reds coach in 1984. Rose bet on baseball games and then denied it.

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Manfred torpedoed a reinstatement attempt in 2015.

Rose added: “You can’t imagine how painful it is when I see my teammates from all the big teams I’ve played in and the players I’ve played against living their lives the way I wanted.

“I also want to be a part of it and I know I probably never will. I am so grateful for the time I shared with them on and off the pitch. Nothing replaces it. »

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After acknowledging her failings, Rose petitioned the commish to have her ban commuted.

“I am writing now to ask for another chance,” Rose wrote.

TMZ reports that so far, neither MLB nor Manfred have responded.

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