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Rose still hopes ban gets lifted

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 16 2014 12:01:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 16 2014 01:26:14 PM CDT
Pete Rose

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Baseball's all-time hits leader Pete Rose, who is managing the independent Bridgeport Bluefish for one day Monday, still hopes to have his lifetime ban from Major League Baseball lifted.

Rose was banned for life in 1989 for betting on baseball while he managed the Cincinnati Reds.

"I've waited 25 years, but I've done so because I was the one who screwed up," Rose told ESPN.com. "And if I were given a second chance, I would be the happiest guy in the world."

Commissioner Bud Selig is retiring in January of next year and has not decided on whether or not he will lift Rose's ban.

"I haven't given up on Bud," Rose said. "I'm not glad he's leaving. He has a love for the game and has been good for it. If the next guy is his best friend, I don't expect he'll just turn me loose, but if he isn't, I hope he has an open mind."

Rose lives in Las Vegas and earns money signing autographs in a store on the strip most of the year.

"I know there's a lot of people who want to give me a second chance because they wouldn't be stopping and paying for my autograph if they didn't think so," he said.

Rose said he still gambles, but not on baseball.

"I only bet on events that I am watching," Rose said. "I watch the horses. I was a big fan of California Chrome."

Rose goes to Cooperstown every year for the Hall of Fame inductions to sign autographs. He still holds out hope that he will someday be honored.

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