Sunday, January 4, 2004

A breakthrough for Rose?

Enquirer news services

This will be a big week for Pete Rose. On Thursday, the former Reds great will release his new autobiography, My Prison Without Bars, in which it's expected he'll admit to betting on baseball games while managing the Reds.

Rose already has discussed the book with ABC's Charles Gibson. Their interview will air at 10 p.m. Thursday, on Primetime Thursday (Ch. 9, 2). The buzz over the new autobiography started building last week, when The New York Times, citing a major-league official, reported Rose was expected to admit he gambled on baseball in the book - which would contradict his account in his 1989 autobiography, Pete Rose: My Story.

The Times also reported that Rose made the admission to baseball commissioner Bud Selig during a November 2002 meeting.

On Saturday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing sources close to the commissioner, reported that Selig has not decided whether to reinstate Rose to baseball. The Inquirer, citing a source who was briefed on the book, also reported Rose will make the gambling admission in the new autobiography.

Rose was banned from baseball for life in August 1989.

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