NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Rose’s role at the All-Star game in Cincinnati will be determined by Major League Baseball and the Reds after they determine what other obligations the banned career hits leader has.
Rose began work as a studio analyst for Fox this month. The network will broadcast the game, which is being played in Rose’s hometown on July 14.
“We’re in conversations with the Reds about the specifics of his involvement at the All-Star Game and it relates to Pete’s employment, where he’s committed, what he’s going to be available for,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.
“That’s one of those issues that will be resolved. It’s just a question of nailing the details down,” he said.
Rose agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after an MLB investigation concluded he bet on Reds’ games while managing the team. He has applied for reinstatement, but Manfred has not given a timetable for a decision.
Manfred doesn’t think Rose’s presence will detract from the game.
“The idea that any individual could overshadow the great players that we’re going to have at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati is just not something that seems realistic to me,” he said.
Rose generally is not allowed in parts of ballparks not open to fans. MLB allowed him 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.
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