Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer's
Rose, baseball's career hit leader and a former
Manfred said initial thoughts about Rose's role at the July 14 game will come from Reds owner Bob Castellini.
"I've agreed with Mr. Castellini that we're going to have a conversation about what specific kind of participation the Reds are interested in, and we have not had that conversation yet," Manfred said Thursday. "You can rest assured that he will be allowed to participate in some of the activities."
MLB permitted Rose to take part in the All-Century team announcement at Atlanta's Turner Field during the 1999 World Series and a Reds ceremony in 2013 honoring their 1975 and '76 championship teams.
Rose, who turned 74 this month, applied for reinstatement in September 1997 and met in November 2002 with Commissioner
"We have gathered volumes, I mean literally volumes of documents, related to the original investigation," Manfred said, explaining how they had been brought out of storage. "They're in the process of organizing those, preparing summaries so that I can review those documents."
Don't expect to see big league baseball players at the 2020 Olympics, even if the
Baseball was an Olympic medal sport from 1992 to 2008, then was dropped after the 2008
Manfred also said he could see a major league exhibition game being played in Cuba in the next few years.
Detroit closer Joe Nathan will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow, but the 40-year-old isn't ready to retire.
Nathan tore his ulnar collateral ligament Wednesday while pitching on a minor league rehabilitation assignment. Hoping to show that he was ready to come off the disabled list, he tore both his previously strained flexor pronator and his UCL.
"I felt great for my first two hitters, but on the first pitch to the third batter, boom," Nathan said Thursday. "I guess I tore both of them on one pitch."