Pete Rose takes MLB rejection in stride

By The Sports Xchange  |  Dec. 15, 2015 at 4:44 PM
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Pete Rose is disappointed with the latest decision to continue to ban him from the Major League Baseball but says he'll continue to be baseball's biggest fan.

Rose held a news conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas after commssioner Rod Manfred issued a three-page statement a day earlier with his reasons for upholding Rose's lifetime banishment for betting on baseball as Cincinnati Reds manager that has been in place since Aug. 24, 1989.

Baseball's career hits leader confirmed what he told Manfred during a meeting in September that he still gambles but that he now has his life under control. Rose is employed by Mandalay Bay Casino.

"I've worked hard at it," Rose said "I've got it under wraps the last several years. I'm under control right now. Unlike 30 years ago, when I was out of control as a gambler.

"I live in Las Vegas because that's where my job is. You're probably the same as me -- I'm a recreational gambler. I don't bet every day. I'm not a casino guy. I don't play blackjack, roulette, dice, all that stuff.

"I occasionally like to bet on horses because I used to be a horse owner and have a lot of respect for people in that industry. But everything I do is legal. I'm very selective with people I associate with now."

The 74-year-old Rose thanked Manfred for meeting iwth him and described their relationship as cordial, saying he knows he put the new commissioner "in a tough spot to make a judgment on my situation."

Manfred disclosed that Rose acklowledged during their meeting that he bet on Reds games in 1986 when he was a player-manager. He previously admitted that he gambled while serving as Reds manager after retiring from playing.

"I'm disappointed, obviously disappointed," Rose said. "But I will continue to be the best baseball fan in the world. ... I'm a baseball player. I'm a baseball person, and that's never gonna change."

Rose mentioned a number of teammates who went on to receive induction into the Hall of Fame and still hopes to one day join them in Cooperstown.

"I think I can teach lots of people not to make same mistakes I made, to learn from my situation," he said. "People headed down the wrong path can learn from my situation."

Rose first applied for reinstatement in 1997 and met with then-commissioner Bud Selig in 2002. He finished his playing career in 1986 with a major league-record 4,256 hits and managed the Reds until 1989.

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