CINCINNATI -- The Reds announced Tuesday morning that the homegrown Hit King Pete Rose will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame this June.
Pete Rose to be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame during 2016 Reds HOF Induction Weekend, June 24-26. pic.twitter.com/oVgEZFDHpO
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) January 19, 2016
Rose will be the only inductee this year, according to a press release from the Reds organization. The team will make a formal announcement Tuesday at 11 a.m.
In an ironic turn of events, Rose spoke without a filter -- barring no contempt for the MLB, commissioner or his recently upheld lifetime ban from baseball -- at the Oak Hills Sports Stag Monday night.
"What is Baseball going to do, suspend me?" Rose quipped from the stage at the event.
Evidence gathered by investigator John Dowd showed that Rose bet on the Reds; an offense punishable by lifetime ban. No evidence shows that Rose ever bet on the Reds to lose, but MLB rules hold the same weight and punishment for players who bet on their own teams to win or lose.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the decision to uphold Rose's ban was made because, he said, Rose seemed unfazed about the violations, as well as his refusal to admit his mistakes and apologize.
"It is not at all clear to me that Mr. Rose has a grasp of the scope of his violations," Manfred said in his decision. "Mr. Rose's public and private comments, including his initial admission in 2004, provide me with little confidence that he has a mature understanding of his wrongful conduct, that he has accepted full responsibility for it, or that he understands the damage he has caused.
"During our meeting, Mr. Rose told me that he has continued to bet on horse racing and on professional sports, including Baseball (2). Those bets may have been permitted by law in the jurisdictions in which they were placed, but this fact does not mean that the bets would be permissible if made by a player or manager subject to Rule 21.
"In short, 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 all the circumstances that led to his permanent ineligibility in 1989."
Pete Rose's attorney argued that the MLB should put Rose on the Hall of Fame ballot before he dies, and that, without Rose, the hall doesn't truly represent baseball's best.
Rose grew up on Cincinnati's West Side and graduated from Western Hills High School. Rose was a two-sport athlete at West high, starring on both the baseball field and the gridiron for the Mustangs. Although Rose was undersized for his age, he earned the starting running back position on his freshman football team.