Pete Rose Back in Baseball, Sort of.
Pete Rose is back in baseball.
Well, sort of.
FOX Sports has announced that it has agreed to terms with Rose, the all-time hits leader, for a studio analyst role.
According to FOX, Rose will appear as a studio analyst for pregame and post game shows throughout the season. Due to his MLB ban, Rose is not permitted in any broadcast areas inside MLB stadiums.
Rose has been banned from baseball since 1989 and has been applying for reinstatement ever since.
Newly appointed MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has given indications that Rose could be reinstated in the future, yet Rose continues to be banned from the game.
The MLB All-Star game is being held from Cincinnati this summer and Rose will be apart of the festivities in some capacity.
Rose released a statement via FOX Sports, via USA Today:
“I enjoy talking baseball, and that’s what this is all about. Enjoying the game of baseball, sitting in the green room watching two or three games, getting on TV and talking about it. It’s right up my alley, I think…. I’m just trying to give back to baseball. Hopefully people will watch and I’ll make some good points that will help them understand the game more.”
This new role for Rose is the closest he's come to MLB since his ban and could be one of the first steps Rose takes in being welcomed back into the sport, in which he admitted to betting on as a player/manager.
His first appearance has not yet been scheduled.