To the editor:
Pete Rose is his own worst enemy. His problem is the truth.
Ask him why he lied to the commissioner in the hearing he requested (in 2015).
Ask him why he lied about betting against the Reds when his own betting records and those kept by his runner, Michael Bertolini, show he bet against the Reds.
Ask him why he told the Commissioner he was not betting on Baseball and then later in the same hearing admitted he still bet on Baseball.
Pete is a tragedy, but one of his own making.
The truth is his friend.
Commissioner Manfred wrote:
"Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing, so clearly established by the Dowd Report, or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of the circumstances that led to his permanent eligibility in 1989. Absent such credible evidence, allowing him to work in the game presents an unacceptable risk of a future violation by him of Rule 21, and thus to the integrity of our sport.
"I, therefore, must reject Mr. Rose’s application for reinstatement."
John M. Dowd, Chatham, Massachusetts
(Editor’s note: Attorney John Dowd investigated Pete Rose for Major League Baseball in 1989.)