Pete Rose's attorney, Reds CEO react to decision

Posted at 3:21 PM, Dec 14, 2015

Statement from Pete Rose's attorney, Ray Genco of Boston, on Baseball Commissioner Ron Manfred's decision not to reinstate Pete Rose:

"We are disappointed by the decision of Commissioner Manfred announced this morning.  

"We are reviewing the ruling with Pete and members of his family.  Pete will address the media tomorrow morning at 11am pst at a press conference after he has had time to fully consider it.
"We request that members of the media respect his wish not to comment on this matter until then.
"While we may have failed at our task of presenting all the facts to the Commissioner demonstrating how Pete has grown and changed over the past three decades, Pete indeed has meaningfully reconfigured his life - the standard laid out by as Commissioner Giamatti.
"Pete’s fall from grace is without parallel.  He recognizes that it was also of his own making. 
"As such, Pete seeks to be judged not simply by the mistakes of his past - but also by the the work he has done over the last 3 decades in taking responsibility for his actions - constantly working to remain disciplined, compassionate and grateful.
"Pete regards the institution of the game as what matters most.  Therefore, he will continue to do all that he can to honor its greatness- and remain its most enthusiastic fan."


Statement from Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini:

"The Commissioner called me this morning prior to the announcement. We respect his decision on the matter of Pete and are grateful for his diligence and the amount of time he spent on the matter. We also appreciate that the Commissioner stated that Hall of Fame consideration is a separate issue and we and the fans think he deserves that opportunity. We are pleased that we have had and will continue to have opportunities to commemorate Pete's remarkable on-field accomplishments. Any future plans to celebrate Pete's career with the Reds first will be discussed with the Commissioner and then will be communicated publicly at the appropriate time."