GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Monday that he has received a formal request from Pete Rose to lift his lifetime ban, adding that he is "prepared to deal with it on the merits."
"I do have a formal request from Pete and I intend to communicate with his representatives to talk about how to handle [the review process]," Manfred, in his first year at the helm of Major League Baseball, said after meeting with the Dodgers as part of his Spring Training visits. "I want to understand details of the Dowd report and [then-Commissioner Bart] Giamatti's decision and hear what Pete has to say and make a decision once I've done that."
Rose, 73, is the Major Leagues' all-time hits leader with 4,256. He agreed in 1989 to permanent ineligibility from baseball after accusations that he bet on Major League games while playing for and managing the Reds. He admitted to the accusations in 2004. The Baseball Hall of Fame voted in 1991 not to allow those who are permanently ineligible to be placed on any voting ballot.
Manfred cautioned that people shouldn't read any predisposition into his comments in regard to Rose.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.