Pete Rose seemingly had the same reaction as we all did, other than Astros fans, when it came to the punishment the MLB gave the Houston Astros. The GM and Manager were fired, there we some fines, but no player got in trouble? The Astros players were the ones doing the cheating, yet, there was no consequence to their actions…
For that reason, Rose has filed a petition to Major League Baseball asking the commissioner’s office to remove him from the league’s ineligible list in the wake of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, according to ESPN.
“Rose and his lawyers argue that Manfred has recently opted not to punish players guilty of major game-changing rules infractions and, as a result, should end Rose’s 30½-year ban for gambling on baseball while he was manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
The lawyers say that Rose’s lifetime ban is “vastly disproportionate” when compared with MLB’s punishments of players who took performance-enhancing drugs and the players involved in the sign-stealing schemes by the 2017 Houston Astros.
“There cannot be one set of rules for Mr. Rose and another for everyone else,” Rose’s 20-page petition for reinstatement says. “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.”
“There cannot be one set of rules for Mr. Rose and another for everyone else”
MLB must reinstate Pete Rose immediately!
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) February 5, 2020
It was back in 1989 when Rose was permanently banned from baseball by then-commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti. In August of that same year, Rose signed an agreement accepting an indefinite suspension from baseball, though he did not admit to violating Section D of MLB’s Rule 21, which prohibits players and others involved with the game from betting on baseball.
Manfred denied Rose once before in 2015. Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig also rejected a previous Rose application for reinstatement. Rose is the all-time leader in hits, games played and at-bats but never appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot.
Rose is set to meet with Manfred once again, this time hoping to use the Houston Astros case in favor of giving him a chance once again.