Rose managing to remain optimistic he'll get back in baseball

Posted: June 18, 2014

WHO SAID Pete Rose would never return to baseball?

Last night, Rose managed the Bridgeport (Conn.) Bluefish to a 2-0 win over the visiting Lancaster Barnstormers.

Rose, 73, who was banned from baseball nearly 25 years ago, was able to manage because the Bluefish play in the independent Atlantic League and are not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

The all-time hits leader, who helped the Phillies win the 1980 World Series, was banned from the major leagues in August 1989 amid allegations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds.

Last night's game was a one-night stand, but Rose said he remains hopeful that his ban will be lifted one day.

"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."

The commissioner of baseball is the only person with the power to reinstate Rose, and Bud Selig is retiring in January 2015.

"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, who lives in Las Vegas where he cashes in on his celebrity status by signing sports memorabilia, said he still gambles but hasn't bet on baseball in a "very long time."

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

Memorable deal

On this date 22 years ago, the Sixers traded Charles Barkley to the Phoenix Suns for Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang and Tim Perry.

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