Friday July 3rd, 2020 11:27PM

Pete Rose asks for reinstatement, cites Astros and steroids

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Pete Rose again asked Major League Baseball to end his lifetime ban, saying the penalty is unfair compared with discipline for steroids use and electronic sign stealing.

Rose's lawyers submitted the application Wednesday to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, who in December 2015 denied the previous request by the career hits leader.

"The time has come to recognize that Mr. Rose's penalty has become grossly disproportionate relative to Major League Baseball's treatment of severe wrongdoing by ownership, management and players," the petition said.

Rose agreed to the lifetime ban in August 1989 after an investigation for MLB by lawyer John Dowd found that Rose placed numerous bets on the Cincinnati Reds to win from 1985-87 while playing for and managing the team.

“There has never been any allegation that Mr. Rose's misconduct was intended to gain a competitive advantage over other teams," stated the petition, which was first reported by ESPN. “When it comes to subsequent violations of Major League Baseball rules — namely steroid use and electronic sign stealing — this is clearly not the case. They have intentionally and dramatically affected the results of plays and games, including the outcomes of two consecutive World Series. These acts manifestly and deliberately violate the spirit and letter of the rules.”

Rose, who turns 79 in April, asked to meet with Manfred, who in his 2015 denial wrote that the 17-time All-Star had “not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing, so clearly established in the Dowd Report, or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of all the circumstances that led to his permanent ineligibility.”

Rose cited the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players' association, which calls for 80-game suspensions for first offenders for performance-enhancing drugs, 162-game bans for second offenders and lifetime bans for thirds penalties with a chance for reinstatement. Manfred reinstated reliever Jenrry Mejia, the only player disciplined three times for PEDs under the major league drug program.

Rose also referenced Manfred's decision on Jan. 13 to suspend Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one season for their role in the Astros' use of electronics to steal catchers' signs in 2017 and 2018 but to not discipline players.

"Proportionality has long been the governing norm when Major League Baseball commissioners have assessed discipline," the petition said. “That guiding principle has not changed, but Major League Baseball's reactions to potential threats to the integrity of the game have greatly evolved since Mr. Rose's conduct resulted in a lifetime ban from the game in 1989, and more particularly since his 2015 petition for reinstatement.”

Rose also asked baseball's Hall of Fame to remove the prohibition adopted by the Hall's board of directors in 1991 to prohibit players on the permanently ineligible list from appearing on the Hall ballot of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Rose's 20-page petition was submitted by his lawyer, Ray Genco, and three law professors: Mark D. Rosenbaum (UC Irvine), Erwin Chemerinsky (California) and Evan Caminker (Michigan).

Rose also applied for reinstatement in September 1997 and met with Commissioner Bud Selig in November 2002, but Selig never ruled on Rose's request.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Baseball , AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Business, AP Sports - Major League Baseball
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Pete Rose asks for reinstatement, cites Astros and steroids
Pete Rose has once again asked Major League Baseball to end his lifetime ban, saying the penalty is unfair compared with discipline for steroids use and electronic sign stealing
1:13PM ( 4 minutes ago )
EU focuses on Balkans for enlargement after Brexit
The European Union is pushing changes to the system it uses to add new members in a move that should make the opening of enlargement talks easier for two Western Balkan nations
1:13PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Mickelson says he won't accept US Open exemption
Phil Mickelson says he won't accept a special exemption to the U.S. Open if he needs one
1:05PM ( 12 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Mayor: 'Joy ride' driver arrested on Super Bowl parade route
An apparently impaired driver taking a “joy ride” along the Chiefs' Super Bowl parade route in downtown Kansas City was put into a forced spin by law enforcement officers and arrested at gunpoint
12:07PM ( 1 hour ago )
Supercars champ McLaughlin gets IndyCar seat with Penske
Scott McLaughlin will get a chance to race for Team Penske in IndyCar
11:51AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP sources: Covington, Capela on move in 4-team trade
Two people familiar with the situation say Robert Covington is going to the Houston Rockets and Clint Capela is going to the Atlanta Hawks as the headline moves in a complicated trade involving four NBA teams, 12 players and at least three draft picks
10:43AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
AP sources: Boston agrees to trade Betts, Price to Dodgers
The Red Sox have agreed to trade 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers, two people with knowledge of the deal tell The Associated Press
11:25PM ( 13 hours ago )
AP source: Boston agrees to trade Betts, Price to Dodgers
The Red Sox have agreed to trade 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press
11:13PM ( 14 hours ago )
AP source: Boston trades Betts, Price to Dodgers
The Red Sox have agreed to trade 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press
11:02PM ( 14 hours ago )
AP Online Baseball
Plane skids off Istanbul runway, breaks into pieces; 52 hurt
A plane has skidded off the runway at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport, crashing into a field and breaking into pieces
12:08PM ( 1 hour ago )
GM churns out profit in 2019 despite strike, slumping sales
General Motors made money last year despite a 40-day strike by factory workers and slumping sales in the U.S. and China
12:02PM ( 1 hour ago )
Plane skids off Istanbul runway, breaks into pieces; 21 hurt
A plane has skidded off the runway at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport, crashing into a field and breaking into pieces
11:53AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
The Latest: Royals hope Chiefs can deliver another KC title
It was five years ago that the Royals brought home a championship to Kansas City, and now the players who were part of the 2015 World Series team are pulling for the Chiefs to deliver another parade
4:28PM ( 2 days ago )
High, hard: Indians' Clevinger takes aim at cheating Astros
Mike Clevinger is still aiming at the Houston Astros
3:10AM ( 4 days ago )
Why do Chiefs believe they will win Super Bowl? Easy: fate
The Kansas City Chiefs have perhaps the best quarterback in the NFL in Patrick Mahomes
1:21PM ( 4 days ago )
AP Sports - Major League Baseball
EU focuses on Balkans for enlargement after Brexit
The European Union is pushing changes to the system it uses to add new members in a move that should make the opening of enlargement talks easier for two Western Balkan nations
1:13PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Mickelson says he won't accept US Open exemption
Phil Mickelson says he won't accept a special exemption to the U.S. Open if he needs one
1:05PM ( 12 minutes ago )
The Latest: Biden blasts Sanders, calls Buttigieg a 'risk'
Joe Biden is attacking two of his major 2020 Democratic presidential rivals as he campaigns in New Hampshire
12:52PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Scientists dive into 'Midnight Zone' to study dark ocean
A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches, but life still thrives
12:37PM ( 40 minutes ago )
The Latest: Joe Biden acknowledges 'gut punch' in Iowa
Joe Biden says he won't sugarcoat the impact of Iowa on his 2020 presidential bid
12:34PM ( 43 minutes ago )