Pete Rose Ban Upheld by Baseball Hall of Fame

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2017

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 26: Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose looks on after catching a ceremonial first pitch from his son Pete Jr. following a ceremony to retire Rose's No. 14 prior to the game against the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on June 26, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said Thursday that the Hall voted to reaffirm its stance against considering all-time MLB hits leader Pete Rose for induction in December.

According to ESPN.com's William Weinbaum, Idelson told ESPN's Outside the Lines that the Hall reviewed Rose's case after he sent a letter requesting eligibility.

The Hall of Fame released the following statement regarding its decision:

"After extensive discussion, a vote was taken in which the Board ratified the resolution that was passed on February 4, 1991, known today as Rule 3(E) in the BBWAA's election rules. As such, anyone deemed permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball, including Pete Rose, may not be considered for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame."

Rose received a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball in 1989 for betting on baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds.

Most recently, Rose was denied reinstatement by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred in 2015.

Rose has 4,256 career hits to his credit, which is 67 more than second-place Ty Cobb.

In 24 MLB seasons with the Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos, Rose was a 17-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion, three-time batting champion and a National League MVP.