CINCINNATI (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER) - In the aftermath of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, Pete Rose asked Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred for reinstatement from baseball’s ineligible list Wednesday.
Rose and his lawyers sent a 19-page petition to Manfred, which was obtained by our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer. The petition argues that former Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow received only one-year suspensions for their role in the sign-stealing scandal and it was “nowhere near the magnitude of penalty” received by Rose. No Astros players were disciplined in the sign-stealing scandal.
The petition requests an in-person meeting for Rose and Manfred with counsel present.
"Here he advances the new argument that his lifetime ban is disproportionate relative to other punishments imposed for serious violations that also undermined the integrity of the game," Rose's petition says.
Manfred denied Rose’s appeal for reinstatement in 2015 because Rose had not “presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life.” Manfred wrote in 2015 that allowing Rose to work in baseball “presents an unacceptable risk of a future violation by him.”
The National Baseball Hall of Fame does not allow players on the ineligible list to be considered for induction. Rose voluntarily accepted his place on baseball's ineligible list on Aug. 23, 1989.
“There cannot be one set of rules for Mr. Rose and another for everyone else,” Rose’s petition says. “No objective standard or categorization of the rules committed by Mr. Rose can distinguish his violations from those that incurred substantially less severe penalties from Major League Baseball.”