Pete Rose wants to have a meeting with Bud Selig.
Rose, banned from baseball for life in 1989, plans to contact the game's new commissioner shortly and make his case for reinstatement."Pete would welcome the opportunity to sit down and present as much evidence and other materials as Mr. Selig is willing to review," Gary Spicer, Rose's attorney, told Bloomberg News. "Pete's been waiting patiently for Bud to put his issue to the top of the class."
Selig was elected full-time commissioner Thursday after almost six years in an interim role. Rose, banned by then commissioner Bart Giamatti in August 1989 for misconduct related to gambling, filed a petition for reinstatement in September.
While Selig wouldn't rule out talking to Rose or his representatives, he said there is little reason for it.
"I haven't seen any new evidence to change the agreement he voluntarily entered into with Bart," Selig said. "That's the real central issue."
Rose, 57, is baseball's all-time leader with 4,256 career hits. Since he's on the game's ineligible list, he can't be considered for membership in the Hall of Fame.
Rose owns two restaurants in southern Florida and does some broadcast work.