Pete Rose’s lifetime ban from baseball being lifted appears more and more likely now that Rob Manfred has taken over as commissioner. No guarantee that it will happen, but the feeling is different now that Bud Selig is no longer running baseball.
To that end, Manfred is allowing Pete Rose to participate in this summer’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Sure, Selig allowed Rose to take part in the All-Century team announcement during the 1999 All-Star Game, but there is a feeling that we are undergoing a paradigm shift, albeit every so slight.
What exactly Rose will be doing remains to be seen, per Yahoo!, but it will be good to see him out there again. And with his new gig as FOX baseball analyst, we’ll be seeing more of him in the months to come.
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 during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors. ”You can rest assured that he will about allowed to participate in some of the activities.”