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MLB to decide on Pete Rose’s fate by the end of the year

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Pete Rose’s case for reinstatement is now fully in Rob Manfred’s hands. The statement just released by the league:

“On Thursday, September 24th, Commissioner Rob Manfred met with Pete Rose and his representatives at Major League Baseball’s New York office regarding Mr. Rose’s application for reinstatement.  Commissioner Manfred informed Mr. Rose that he will make a decision on his application by the end of the calendar year.  Both parties have agreed to refrain from further comment.”

Earlier this year Manfred refused to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson, which suggests that forgiveness for the sake of forgiveness may not be high on his list. But unlike Jackson, Rose is still living and could theoretically still do some good in the game if he was asked to and willing. Hard to say what he’d do or whether it’s even worth it, but it may be a consideration on the part of the league.

Masahiro Tanaka could return next week

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The Yankees announced yesterday that Masahiro Tanaka, who is suffering with a low-level hamstring straing — will throw a bullpen session soon and could be cleared to rejoin the starting rotation as early as Monday or Tuesday.

Tanaka has dealt with numerous ailments this season but he has been arguably the Yankees’ best starter, posting a 3.38 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 136/26 K/BB ratio across 149 innings.

If, as it appears likely, the Yankees are going to be in the Wild Card game, it’ll be interesting to see if they have Tanaka make that start or, rather, someone like Luis Severino. Or just go all-hands-on-deck with it and worry about the ALDS if and when it comes.

Don Orsillo could become the Padres next announcer

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Chad Finn of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo — who is being let go by the club after the season for reasons that the club still doesn’t really want to talk about — is being pursued by the San Diego Padres.

As Finn notes, Dick Enberg recently said 2016 will be his last season, so Orsillo could transition in on a limited basis next season and take over full time in 2017. Finn also notes that the Padres’ TV deal with with Fox, which could also allow Orsillo to split time with the Fox national broadcasts if anyone so desired.

This all reminds me of when Peter Angelos chased off Jon Miller from Orioles broadcasts and Miller ended up in San Francisco. A great announcer, appreciated by absolutely everyone except for his employer, “forced” to relocate to one of the best cities on the planet. If it happens for Orsillo, I couldn’t be happier.