Rose spent parts of 24 seasons as a player in the majors, and he ended his career as the all-time MLB leader in hits, at-bats, and games played. Rose also managed the Reds for parts of six seasons. Over that span, he went 412-373 (.525).
This time, however, Rose and his attorney argue that Rose’s punishment is out of step with what’s been levied against users of performance enhancing drugs and, most recently, those who took part in the Astros’ electronic sign-stealing scheme. The petition reads in part: “There cannot be one set of rules for Mr. Rose and another for everyone else. No objective standard or categorization of the rules violations committed by Mr. Rose can distinguish his violations from those that have incurred substantially less severe penalties from Major League Baseball.”
Rule 21 MISCONDUCT, (d) BETTING ON BALL GAMES, Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.
All-time MLB hits leader Pete Rose has once again petitioned MLB for reinstatement, and this time he’s cited the Astros sign-stealing scandal as evidence for his case. There are no such rulebook mandates for PED use or, more relevant to Rose’s current petition, stealing signs — even via electronic means — . As such, Rose’s latest efforts likely amount to a longshot. As Van Atta Jr. notes, MLB has yet to comment on Rose’s latest petition.