Pete Rose, one of baseball’s all-time best hitters, lost his chance at the Hall of Fame when he began betting on his baseball games in gambling rings.
Once Rose’s double act was discovered, he was booted from the sport for betting on games that he was playing in, which is a horrible thing for a professional sports player to do.
It’s been years since the former Cincinnati Reds star Pete Rose rose to the top of the chart as the Major League Baseball all-time hits leader – but he has now published a letter directed to the commission of the league Rob Manfred begging the leader to grant him forgiveness for his gambling mistakes.
Rose was banned from baseball in 1989 when he was caught gambling on games while he served as the Cincinnati Red’s manager. Although he had made enough hits during his baseball career to make him qualify for a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Pete Rose gambled on the game and lost his chance at the Hall of Fame because of it.
Rose spent a twenty-four-year career with the Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies, and Montreal Expos, delivering 4,256 hits during the span of his lengthy baseball career. Rose, who is now eighty-one, is begging the MLB commission to grant him forgiveness and to allow him into the Hall of Fame despite the gambling he did while serving as a team manager.
“I have apologized many times, both for betting on baseball games while managing the Cincinnati Reds and then for denying that I did,” Rose wrote.
He confessed that his actions were horrible and that he let down a lot of baseball fans by betting on the outcomes of games that he was involved in.
“I disappointed many Reds fans and baseball fans,” Rose said. “Besides spending time with my kids and my partner, there’s nothing that made me happier than playing baseball in front of fans.”
He added, “That I let them down and brought shame to the sport we love is something I think about every single day.”
For years, Rose did not speak honestly about his gambling ties to baseball. He only came forward with his confession many years later and has been trying to seek forgiveness for his mistakes ever since.
“I am asking for your forgiveness. Despite my many mistakes, I am so proud of what I accomplished as a baseball player — I am the Hit King and it is my dream to be considered for the Hall of Fame,” he wrote.
An appeal to reinstate Rose was presented to Manfred back in 2015. Manfred denied Rose the honor despite his all-time hit record and the fact that Rose was a 17-time All-Star player. Manfred believed that Rose had “not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life.”
Rose knows he is nearing the end of his life and he wants to get back in baseball’s good graces.
“Like all of us, I believe in accountability,” he emphasized in the letter. “I am 81 years old and know that I have been held accountable and that I hold myself accountable. I write now to ask for another chance.”