Pete Rose Says He Is Among Four Reds to Be Honored at All-Star Game


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Pete Rose after singling on Sept. 11, 1985, to break Ty Cobb’s hit record.

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Pete Rose, who is on baseball’s permanently ineligible list, will be on the field before the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on Tuesday as one of the four most influential players in Reds history, selected by fans’ votes.

Although M.L.B. will not reveal the so-called Franchise Four winners for each of the 30 teams until the pregame ceremony at Great American Ball Park, Rose said during a conference call on Thursday that he was among the four Reds selected, along with Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin.

“Being on the field with Bench, Morgan and Larkin is really gratifying to me,” he said. ‘They’re two of my teammates and the only player I managed to make the Hall of Fame.” Referring to Larkin, he said, “I brought him up and like me, he’s from Cincinnati.”

Rose will be on programs Monday and Tuesday on Fox and Fox Sports 1 in advance of the All-Star Game. He has been working for the company since earlier this season.

After his work on Tuesday’s pregame show, he will head to the field. “What I’ll do on the field hasn’t been told to me,” he said.

The extent of Rose’s other activities related to the All-Star Game have not been revealed by the Reds or by Major League Baseball.

A spokesman for M.L.B. said that the Reds had sent Commissioner Rob Manfred “a thoughtful letter for how Pete Rose could be incorporated into the All-Star festivities, and he approved their request.”

Manfred is expected to meet with Rose later this season to discuss his bid for reinstatement.

Rose previously participated in baseball’s all-century team, which gathered at Turner Field in 1999 before Game 2 of the World Series. His appearance became even more notable because of an interview in which Jim Gray of NBC grilled him about whether he would admit to gambling on baseball and about whether he would show contrition.

Rose waited until 2004 to admit to gambling on baseball as the Reds’ manager. He has not responded to a recent ESPN report that he bet on baseball while he was still playing for the Reds in 1986. He played part time that season and was also managing the team.



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