Pete Rose’s lawyer pleads with the Baseball Hall of Fame – will he have a chance of being reinstated?

Pete Rose‘s lawyer has pleaded with the Baseball Hall of Fame asking for the 74-year-old Hit King to be put on the ballot before he dies.

Rose had been much more prominent around the MLB events, such as World Series and All-Star game, in the last few years, leading to rumors that the league was studying the possibility of opening its doors to Rose.

No former player has ever received a lifetime ban, with the exception of Rose, in modern times. There are claims that this is evidence that someone somewhere has a vendetta against MLB’s all-time hit leader.

Rose continues to be banned for life from having any kind of close relationship with the game he loves, perhaps more than anyone else. Rose presented a request to the Commissioner Manfred for him to be reinstated in March.

But Rose has admitted that he still has the occasional bet on Major League Baseball games and acknowledged that he bet on the Cincinnati Reds during the time when he was Cincinnati’s manager.

“Rose initially denied betting on baseball now and only later in the interview did he ‘clarify’ his response to admit such betting,” Manfred wrote.

“Since I’ve never been on the Hall of Fame ballot (because of the lifetime ban), I don’t know why my time has ticked,” Rose said, talking about the Hall of Fame’s rules that say that a candidate can remain on the BBWAA voting for only ten years after his retirement. In the following, a player’s Cooperstown fate is to a special committee, composed in great part of the Hall of Fame.

What this means is that if the committee decides about Rose fate, he will never get in the Hall without a ticket. If the BBWAA voters have the opportunity, he may have a better shot.

Pete Rose’s lawyer pleads with the Baseball Hall of Fame – will he have a chance of being reinstated?

Is it the end for Barry Bonds’s career in the MLB?

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In a case of collusion arising from Barry Bonds’s last season in the majors, an arbitrator ruled against him, causing him to lose the case against Major League Baseball.

Reportedly, he had asked for compensation after no team had taken him after his last season with the San Francisco Giants. Back in 2007, Bonds had 28 home runs in 340 at bats and managed to hit .276 with a .480 on base average. Considering his impressive score, that’s really unusual.

Bonds is coming off a 1.045 OPS season, and he’s apparently open to playing for the minimum wage, yet he has not received any offers.

Neither MLB nor Bonds have publicly acknowledged the existence of the collusion case. It was apparently only brought to light by the media reports.

Since his playing days ended, Bonds has been working as a guest instructor for the Giants in spring training.

Bonds, at 42, has always been a formidable hitter, which is especially true in his twenty-second and final major league season. It was then that he managed to break Henry Aaron’s all time home-r score of 755, hitting .276 with 28 home runs.

The question now is: will there be hope for Bonds? Will he find a team to showcase his baseball skills? Let’s hope that it’s not too late for the formidable hitter. After all, it would be a shame if his impressive skills will not be put to use once again.

Is it the end for Barry Bonds’s career in the MLB?

Boston Red Sox gets Dipoto – but for how long?

According to Boston Globe’s Nick Carardo, the Boston Red Sox are going to see some changes. ex-Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto has been hired on an “interim basis to help with off-season moves.” This has been confirmed through other sources, as well.

And while there’s no indication just how long Dipoto will keep this role, one thing is for sure: change is afoot. Perhaps this will even be a precursor to a permanent move. Only time will tell, but for now, there’s upheaval. Some are calling the move “insignificant.” That he’s merely a “consultant” and no one knows if this will even have a long-term effect. Others are pretty sure this will morph into a longer term. Tensions are mounting with the uncertainty.

One thing is clear, though. Dipoto was publicly dissatisfied with Scioscia’s management, claiming that his methods of report-delivery were suspect.

One thing Dipoto is not, is someone to let Cherington and the rest of the Baseball Operations staff slide. So, yes, he was the squeaky wheel. The owner sided with Scioscia, basically forcing Dipoto to walk away. Without support from the top, what more could he do?

Dipoto was hired as the Angels GM at the end of 2011. Under his leadership, his team won 89 games in 2012, 78 in 2013 and 98 in 2014.

Back in 2003 and 2004, Dipoto worked alongside Cherrington, as scouts for the Red Sox.

Today, Dipoto will have his hands full. He will be out there, revving up his team, and looking to match or beat is Angels’ records. Will he succeed? Time will tell. Likewise, time will tell how long this position will last. Perhaps they go hand in hand.

Boston Red Sox gets Dipoto – but for how long?