Despite his explanation and videotapes, Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose managed to get only a three-day break Friday in his 30-day suspension for shoving an umpire.
A three-man review panel upheld the suspension imposed by National League president Bart Giamatti, but Giamatti snipped the length after hearing Rose's plea. It remained the harshest punishment for a manager in 40 years."I'm a whole lot disappointed. I thought then and now that the suspension is too long," Rose said. "It was wrong to touch an umpire, especially twice, but he provoked me by touching me in the face. I hate to say it, but I'd probably do it again if the same situation came up."
Rose was penalized for twice pushing umpire Dave Pallone in of Saturday night's Mets-Reds game at Riverfront Stadium. His $10,000 fine was left intact.
Giamatti, who imposed the punishment on Monday, counted this week as part of the suspension, which will now end June 1 instead of June 4. Rose has not managed since Sunday because he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.