Ken Rosenthal of the MLB Network has revealed that Fox has hired Pete Rose to be an in studio analyst for its pre-game shows and various other MLB programs on both the Fox and FS1 networks.
I think this is a great addition. It goes without saying that the game’s all-time hit leader knows the game. But he also knows the game’s history.
Rose, who turned 74 earlier this week, was banned from MLB in 1989 following an investigation which determined he bet on baseball. This ban bars him from being at present at MLB facilities. However, Rose will be confined to studio work and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has no objection to the hire.
Rose recently applied for reinstatement in the game last month. I made the case that I did not think Charlie Hustle would ever be reinstated.
But if Rose will now regularly appear on TV talking about baseball and introduces himself to a new generation of fans, he will surely gain a platform by which fans will rally for Rose’s reinstatement and thus be eligible for the Hall of Fame. Surely, Manfred knows this and may be delighted by the development.
I still wouldn’t bet on Manfred reinstating Rose. But before today I would have argued that Rose had no chance for reinstatement. The fact that MLB doesn’t object to Fox hiring Rose tells me that his chances for reinstatement have gone from none to slim.
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