Pete Rose isn't the only one who would like to see his lifetime ban from baseball disappear.
Tony Clark, executive director of the
"I would love to see Pete reinstated," Clark told reporters at the
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred reiterated Tuesday he plans to investigate all of the pertinent facts related to Pete Rose and his ban before making a decision on the all-time hit leader's reinstatement request.
Speaking at the
The Dowd Report was a 225-page report of Rose's infractions prepared by John M. Dowd, special counsel to then-Commissioner Bart Giamatti. Dowd's findings led to Rose being given a lifetime ban from baseball by Giamatti in 1989.
"When you have a request like this, I think it's important, and, in fact, incumbent on me, to understand all that went on," Manfred told MLB.com, "what led Commissioner Giamatti to where he landed on the issue, what the agreement was that was reached and why that agreement was reached. And so I need to really start from square one in terms of those facts."
"I hope so much that that gets figured out," Francona said. "I have no ability to not be biased, and I know that. I know, because I'm not the commissioner, it's easy to say something. His decision affects baseball. I spent one year as a teammate and one year [with Rose] as my manager, and I saw how much he cares about the game."