MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; New Documents Show Rose Betted as a Player

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; New Documents Show Rose Betted as a Player


Fitzpatrick, Frank, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)


All of Pete Rose's impressive entries in baseball's record books - the National League hits mark he set as a Phillie, the major-league standard that came during his second stint with the Reds - may ultimately mean nothing now that the contents of another record book have been made public. ESPN's "Outside the Lines reported Monday that a ledger confiscated in 1989 during the raid on a Rose associate's Ohio home confirmed that baseball's all-time hits leader had done what he had long denied - bet on Cincinnati Reds games while he was still playing for them.

The network reviewed Michael Bertolini's notebook, a document that baseball investigators had fought unsuccessfully to obtain and which a court order had kept locked away. The documents showed Rose wagers - up to $5,500 - on various sporting events, including Reds games.

According to ESPN, the bets Bertolini recorded were being channeled through New York mobsters. In 1989, baseball's Dowd Report, which led to the player's banishment from the game that year, stated that Rose then owed hundreds of thousands of dollars to gamblers.

"Bertolini nails down the connection to organized crime on Long Island and New York, said John Dowd, who headed baseball's investigation into Rose. "And that is a very powerful problem. ... The implications for baseball are terrible. The mob had a mortgage on Pete while he was a player and manager.

Rose, 74, has denied betting on games in which he played ever since news of his gambling troubles broke in 1989. In 2004, after long denying that, too, he admitted making wagers on Reds games he had managed.

But as recently as April, on a New York radio show, Rose insisted he had not bet on games as a player.

"Never bet as a player, he told host Michael Kay. "That's a fact.

The timing of these revelations could be devastating to whatever hopes Rose might have had about getting the ban lifted or becoming eligible for baseball's Hall of Fame.

In March, Rose, whose 23-year playing career included five seasons in Philadelphia, applied to baseball's new commissioner, Rob Manfred, for reinstatement.

Major League Baseball has not commented on the ESPN report.

The incriminating pages came from a notebook seized at Bertolini's home during a U. …

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