Selig: Reds can have Pete Rose in All-Star festivities
C. Trent Rosecrans, firstname.lastname@example.org 3:20 p.m. EDT July 15, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Reds will be allowed to include Pete Rose in All-Star Game festivities next season, even if it is on a limited basis, commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday.
Speaking exclusively to the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday, baseball's outgoing commissioner was asked if Rose would be allowed to be included in All-Star celebrations next year when Cincinnati hosts the game.
"That'll be up to the Cincinnati club, and they know what they can do and they can't do," Selig said. "They've been very good about that. We haven't had that discussion."
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Rose, banned from baseball in 1989, has been officially recognized twice at Great American Ball Park -- in 2010 on the 25th anniversary of his record-breaking 4,192nd hit and last season at the dedication of the statue of Big Red Machine teammate Joe Morgan, when the entire "Great Eight" was honored.
Selig would not answer a question about specific guidelines the Reds would have to follow.
"It's sort of subjective, they've done some things with Pete, but they've been very, very thoughtful and limited," Selig said. "That's a subject that I'm sure they'll discuss in the next year. They're all here, but that's not a subject that's come up."
As for Rose's overall status with Selig, who is scheduled to step aside at the end of the year, the commissioner said there has been no change in Rose's status.
"It's a matter under advisement. That's my standard line," Selig said. "I'm the judge and that's where it'll stay. There's nothing new."
However, the role of Rose becomes a bigger issue with the All-Star Game coming to Cincinnati in 2015.
Every All-Star Game is a celebration of not just Major League Baseball, but baseball's history in the host city. Here in Minneapolis, many former Twins -- the likes of Tony Oliva and Frank Viola -- to native Minnesotans like Dave Winfield and Jack Morris -- have been part of festivities, from throwing out first pitches, to autograph signings and appearances. Two years ago in Kansas City, Royals legend George Brett was a spokesman for the city and the All-Star Game following the final out of the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona.
How do you tell the story of baseball in Cincinnati or the story of the Cincinnati Reds without Rose?
"You don't," Reds owner Bob Castellini told The Enquirer on Tuesday.
"We plan on using him wherever Major League Baseball is comfortable with, but we're certainly going to include him," Castellini said.
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So....WTF. Is he still banned or is Selig trying (again) to have it both ways?