Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Reds Retiring Rose's No. 14, Inducting Him into Team HOF

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Reds Retiring Rose's No. 14, Inducting Him into Team HOF

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CINCINNATI - Pete Rose is getting a hall of fame induction: in the Cincinnati Reds' team hall, during a weekend of honors this summer in his hometown that will include retiring his No. 14. The Reds' announcements Tuesday came after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred last month rejected Rose's application for reinstatement to baseball. Manfred concluded that baseball's career hits leader hasn't shown evidence of "a reconfigured life and continued to gamble, even while seeking to end the lifetime ban imposed in 1989 for betting on numerous Reds games while playing for and managing the team.

Reds' chief executive Bob Castellini said Manfred approved the team's plans to honor Rose, 74. The June 24-26 events will also feature a 40-year reunion of the 1976 world champion Reds, on-field ceremonies, and a team hall of fame banquet in which Rose will be awarded the red sports coat its members wear.

"This is an honor, that you can't just believe how you feel, Rose said at a news conference, noting that he grew up a Reds fan and was born a few miles from the Great American Ball Park where he will be honored. He broke into baseball as a Red, played most of his career with them, and also managed the team.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991 adopted a rule keeping anyone on the permanently ineligible list off the ballot. Manfred said last month that his decision continuing the MLB ban was separate from any determination on National Baseball Hall of Fame eligibility. He added that while Rose remains banned from working for any major league team or minor league affiliate, he could make ceremonial appearances with the commissioner's approval.

"Pete was told that in the immediate future, he probably is not going to be able to look in terms of Cooperstown, Castellini said Tuesday. "And we certainly wanted to make sure that we picked up that vacuum. …

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