Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Rose to meet with top baseball official



The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Pete Rose will meet with a top major league official before the end of spring training to discuss the stringent restrictions under which he would be allowed to return to baseball, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

Rose will meet with baseball chief executive office Bob DuPuy, possibly within the next two weeks, an unidentified high-ranking official at Major League Baseball told the paper.

Rose's application for reinstatement appeared to be slowed by an Enquirer report that he owes the IRS more than $150,000 in back taxes.

"The length and conditions of (his probation) will change, but has he disqualified himself? No," an official told the paper.

Asked Monday about Rose's situation, baseball's commissioner, Bud Selig, said there was nothing new to report.

"There are strong feelings on both sides," Selig said during an exhibition game in Tempe, Ariz.

Before meeting with Rose, DuPuy will conclude a yearlong investigation of his recent activities. According to the newspaper, that investigation will reveal that Rose has not bet on baseball since his ban in August 1989 but has bet legally on other sports.

Rose agreed to a permanent ban following a probe of his gambling. While baseball investigator John Dowd detailed 412 baseball wagers in 1987, including 52 on Cincinnati to win, Rose has repeatedly denied he bet on baseball.

Baseball officials have said Rose must admit he bet on baseball if there he is ever to gain reinstatement. As long as he is banned, he is ineligible for the Hall of Fame ballot.




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