Manfred to appear today on 'Meet the Press'

New MLB Commissioner interviewed in advance of Opening Night

Manfred to appear today on 'Meet the Press'

Rob Manfred, in his first network broadcast appearance since becoming Commissioner of Major League Baseball, will appear on "Meet the Press" today, before Opening Night of the 2015 season.

Manfred, who succeeded Bud Selig in January, spoke with Chuck Todd of NBC News at Yankee Stadium in an interview recorded earlier this week.

Among the topics discussed was the possible reinstatement of Pete Rose, who has been banned from the game for betting on baseball. Baseball's all-time hits leader has applied for reinstatement.

Manfred said he thinks Rose "has a right to apply for reinstatement" under the Major League Constitution. "I think he deserves a fair, full hearing. And I'm not predisposed on the issue any -- in any direction," the Commissioner said, adding:

"I think it's hard to look at the issue -- and not separate -- the question of whether someone who bet on baseball should ever be involved with the play of the game on the field again, from the question of whether somebody ought to be in the Hall of Fame."

The full interview can be seen or heard Sunday (check local listings for channel and time). Viewers can join the conversation online with hashtag #MTP. The Cardinals will play the Cubs at Wrigley Field in the first game of the new season Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Paul Hagen is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.