Pete Rose remains banned from baseball, but he has been given the equivalent of a weekend furlough from the penitentiary: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
Rose, a Reds legend, native and resident of Cincinnati, remains immensely popular in Cincinnati and his inclusion in activities around the All-Star Game seemed inevitable. Indeed, many suspect that Rose will soon be reinstated by Commissioner Manfred, who recently agreed to consider Rose’s appeals anew. Rose was also recently hired for a commentator’s position at Fox Sports, which is a rights holder for Major League Baseball broadcasts. The league reportedly was consulted on the Fox hire, though Manfred has denied that Major League Baseball had any “input” in the decision.
The last time Rose was offered some sort of special dispensation by Major League Baseball was in 2013, when took part in a Reds ceremony honoring the 1975 and 1976 “Big Red Machine” championship teams. He was also back in 2010, when he was allowed to participate in a ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of his breaking of Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record. Before that, Rose was allowed on the field in 1999 as part of a celebration of his inclusion on the All-Century Team.
This bit of leave from his exile, however, coming in one of Major League Baseball’s “Jewel Events” will likely be far more significant than those appearances. And could possibly be the harbinger of Rose’s permanent reinstatement to baseball.