Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig will determine in the coming weeks whether Pete Rose's application to have his suspension from the sport overturned should be denied or investigated further, baseball officials said yesterday.
The timetable was set after baseball's chief lawyer, Robert DuPuy, reviewed Rose's application during a six-hour meeting Thursday in Dayton, Ohio, with Rose's attorneys, Gary Spicer and Roger Makley.
Rose, baseball's career hits leader, agreed to a lifetime suspension in 1989 after baseball investigators concluded he had bet on major league games--many involving the Cincinnati Reds, whom he managed. In the agreement, Rose neither admitted nor denied betting on baseball. But Rose has said repeatedly over the past decade that he never bet on baseball.
Thursday, Rose's lawyers offered evidence they said proved their client was wrongly accused of betting on baseball. Some of the evidence was presented to DuPuy by experts--hired by Rose--in forensics, gambling, tax law and criminal investigation. One expert challenged the authenticity of betting records allegedly written by Rose.
At the end of the meeting, DuPuy asked Rose's attorneys for additional information within 30 days, according to a statement issued yesterday by Major League Baseball. After receiving this information, DuPuy will review Rose's status with Selig, who will determine what action, if any, to take.
"This was an information-gathering session," DuPuy said in the statement. "I listened to the presentation, asked questions, and will provide the results to the commissioner for his review."
Spicer said he hopes he and Makley can meet again with baseball officials within 45 days.
"We hope [Thursday's] meeting will open a dialogue between Pete Rose and Commissioner Selig which may ultimately lead to his reinstatement in baseball," Spicer said.