11 Reasons Why Pete Rose Wasn’t Reinstated By MLB
Here's a shocker: Pete Rose will NOT be reinstated by Major League Baseball. After a third appeal and a closed-door meeting with MLB's new commissioner, Rob Manfred issued a decisive ruling Monday morning explaining exactly why he did not lift the lifetime ban and welcome baseball's all-time hits leader back into the sport he played professionally for 23 years.
"In short, Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing, so clearly established by the Dowd Report, or by a rigorous, self-ineligibility in 1989. Absent such credible evidence, allowing him to work in the game presents an unacceptable risk of a future violation by him of Rule 21, and thus to the integrity of the sport. I' therefore, must reject Mr. Rose' application for reinstatement."
You can read the entire ruling here, or save yourself the time (it's really long) and just check out our exponentially more fun list of reasons as to why Rose wasn't reinstated, below.
11) Holds unpopular opinion that baseball games are boring unless you've got money riding on them.
10) MLB waiting until construction is finished on asterisk wing of Baseball Hall of Fame.
9) What kind of a name is "Pete Rose" anyway? I'll tell you: a dumb one. That's a dumb name. So dumb.
8) Did not fill out reinstatement paperwork properly.
7) Reinstating Rose would effectively kill MLB.com's "Will Pete Rose be reinstated?" Google search traffic.
6) Pewter bust of Rose would clash with Cooperstown's anti-Pete Rose aesthetic.
5) Made critical error of asking MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred "what the odds were" of his reinstatement during their face-to-face meeting in September.
4) MLB still upset that Rose never admitted to really really really liking to bet on baseball.
3) Wasn't good enough at hiding the fact that he broke the rules. Sorry dude.
2) Reinstating Rose opens the door to reinstatement for controversial former players like "Pantsless" Jeff Johnson and Jim "The Actual Serial Killer" Kennedy, who also bet on baseball.
1) Bad luck.
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