In a three-page statement on why he decided not to reinstate Pete Rose, Commissioner Rob Manfred said the Hit King did not man up to new gambling accusations that arose from baseball betting slips obtained by ESPN last summer, nor did he fulfill former Commissioner Bart Giamatti's directive to "reconfigure his life" after Giamatti banned Rose in 1989 for gambling on the Reds. On this page is a look at The Hit King's career, the legacy he leaves behind and what lies ahead in his future.
Pete Rose's attorney implored the Baseball Hall of Fame to let the 74-year-old Hit King on the ballot before he dies.
Below is the full text of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to uphold Pete Rose's lifetime ban:
Rule 21 (d): Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.