Rob Manfred blasts Rose to the stone age in his decision declining reinstatement

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Major League Baseball released the full written decision of Commissioner Rob Manfred declining Pete Rose’s reinstatement. To say it is damning is to fail to do it justice.

In in Manfred clearly and calmly lays out the procedural posture of Rose’s case, explains the reasons for Rule 21, baseball’s anti-gambling rule, and makes it clear that his decision is not about Rose’s legacy, his Hall of Fame case or anything like that. Rather, that it’s solely about Rose’s risk of violating Rule 21 again if he were to be reinstated. He notes that Rose’s representatives submitted polygraph testing which were either inconclusive or not useful and notes that Major League Baseball conducted a thorough review of Rose’s case, complete with new evidence considered and even psychological testing. Rose, likewise, met personally with Manfred late this summer.

His decision makes it abundantly clear that Rose (a) clearly lied about betting on baseball as a player as opposed to just while a manager; (b) has no apparent understanding of how serious his past violations of Rule 21 were; (c) has done absolutely nothing to change his habits as a person which would suggest he would not violate Rule 21 in the future.

Indeed, Manfred specifically cites the facts that Rose continues, to this day, to gamble on baseball where it is legal and that, while he admitted to a gambling addiction in his 2004 book, Rose has undergone no treatment for it. He is a man who clearly has no grasp that what he did was wrong within the context of baseball and has done nothing to show that, were he to be reinstated tomorrow, he would not gamble on baseball again. In light of this, Manfred reasons, his very limited power to re-consider the mandatory lifetime ban under Rule 21 will not be wasted on Pete Rose.

In the interests of completeness, below is the entire decision from Rob Manfred:

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Report: Brodie Van Wagenen issuing managerial orders from home

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Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has been issuing managerial orders from home. Citing an anonymous industry source, Van Wagenen made the call to remove Jacob deGrom from his June 1 start against the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning due to a hip cramp. deGrom was visibly frustrated with his removal.

According to Puma’s source, Van Wagenen was watching the game on TV at home. He communicated with a member of the team support staff that deGrom should be removed from the game. Word got to Callaway, who went to the mound and took out his starter. Furthermore, some in the Mets’ clubhouse were miffed that Van Wagenen didn’t take credit for the decision because it looked like deGrom and Callaway were at odds with each other.

Puma also notes that the decision to limit closer Edwin Díaz’s innings is also Van Wagenen’s. Díaz was not used in Sunday’s loss against the Cubs. Javier Báez ended up hitting a go-ahead three-run home run off of Seth Lugo. Callaway was questioned for choice not to use Díaz after the game, which resulted in a brouhaha in the clubhouse.

A veteran executive of another team said that a GM issuing managerial directives would be “unusual” and “crossing the line.” He added, “I have never seen that done, personally.”

Van Wagenen insisted, “Mickey has control of baseball decisions.”

In a season marked by dysfunction, things may be even more dysfunctional within the Mets organization than we knew.