NEW YORK Cincinnati Reds jerseys Manager Pete Rose is “permanently ineligible” for baseball employment because of gambling charges, Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti announced Thursday.
Although technically Rose is banned from the game for life, he can apply for reinstatement after a year, Giamatti said. The agreement reached with lawyers for Rose on Wednesday did not include reinstatement, he said.
“There is no fixed term, no deal (regarding reinstatement),” the commissioner said at a news conference. “I have an open mind and have assured Mr. Rose’s counsel of that fact.
“The burden is entirely on Mr. Rose to reconfigure his life in a way he deems appropriate.”
An unrepentant Rose, at a news conference in Cincinnati, continued to deny that he has ever bet on baseball.
Rose, 48, asked if he thought that a rehabilitation program of some sort would be a requisite for reinstatement, said: “No, because I don’t think I have a gambling problem. As a consequence, I will not seek help at this time.”
Said Giamatti, when asked the same question: “I think confident steps toward rehabilitation should be taken in a direction that heretofore has not been taken, but rehabilitation is not required in the agreement.”
The historic suspension took effect immediately.
“He has been fired by me, if you want to put it in those terms,” Giamatti said of Rose and his position as the Reds jerseys’ manager.
Tommy Helms, a coach under Rose, was named interim manager and is expected to run the team for the rest of the season. Chuck Tanner and Jim Fregosi are rumored to be the leading candidates to get the job for next season.
In announcing terms of the agreement, which ended a six month investigation and legal fight between Rose and Giamatti, the commissioner said that in the absence of a hearing and formal finding, it was his authentic jerseys China personal conclusion that Rose had bet on baseball and on the Reds jerseys, as outlined earlier this season by his special investigator, attorney John Dowd, in a 225 page report.
Reading from a statement, Giamatti said:
“The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is the sad end of a sorry episode. One of the game’s greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts. By choosing not to come to a hearing before me, and by choosing not to proffer any testimony or evidence contrary to the evidence and information contained in the report of the special counsel . . . Mr. Rose has accepted baseball’s ultimate sanction, lifetime ineligibility.”
In summarizing the agreement in a release distributed at the news conference, the commissioner’s office listed the following points:
Rose will drop all litigation against Giamatti.
Rose has further acknowledged that the commissioner acted in good faith throughout the investigation and other proceedings.
May Seek Reinstatement
Rose may apply for reinstatement under terms of a rule that prohibits such application for at least a year.
If he applies, Rose has agreed not to contest the decision or the procedure employed.
Rose, in terms of the agreement, neither denies nor admits that he bet on baseball. Rose’s bid for a preliminary injunction was scheduled to be heard by Judge John D. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, but that hearing has now been canceled.
Why, if he believed Giamatti was biased, would Rose have submitted to an agreement with him and said that the commissioner had acted in good faith?
Why, if he had not bet on the Reds jerseys or baseball, would he have agreed to a lifetime ban without continuing his legal pursuit of a trial by judge or jury?
Rose’s answers were not clear, and Giamatti refused to speculate, although he did say that Katz, starting in April, had made settlement overtures that Giamatti rejected because they would have required compromises on his part, particularly in the length of the suspension.
Giamatti said that Katz began pressing the issue again last Friday, this time on the commissioner’s terms.