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CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose has applied again for reinstatement from Major League Baseball's ineligible list, according to a report by ESPN on Wednesday.
Rose, 78, and his lawyers asked Commissioner Rob Manfred to reconsider Rose’s ban from baseball, according to documents obtained by ESPN, in light of baseball’s decision not to punish Houston Astros players involved in the recent sign-stealing scandal.
READ Rose's petition.
"There cannot be one set of rules for Mr. Rose and another for everyone else," Rose’s petition states. "No objective standard or categorization of the rules violations committed by Mr. Rose can distinguish his violations from those that have incurred substantially less severe penalties from Major League Baseball."
Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader, has been banned since 1989 after a baseball investigation, culminating in the Dowd Report,
found he gambled on the Reds and other baseball games while he was managing the Reds.
Manfred denied Rose’s request for reinstatement in December 2015 after giving him a hearing in New York that September. At the time, Manfred said allowing Rose back into baseball “presents an unacceptable risk of future violation by him … and thus the credibility of our sport.”
READ Manfred's decision.
In 1991, Rose was effectively banned from Baseball's Hall of Fame when its board voted to prevent anyone on baseball's ineligible list from induction.
In 2016, Rose appealed directly to the Hall of Fame to be allowed on the ballot. But in 2017 the Hall of Fame board voted to deny him.
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