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.