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Sunday, January 4, 2004
Pete Rose in the news

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Pete Rose will be hot-button topic as long as he is banned from baseball and not eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Here's a chronological rundown of all the stories in the past year related to Rose:

  • Jan. 6, 2003 -- Cal Ripken Jr. says Rose should be allowed into the Hall of Fame based on the strength of his career alone.

  • Jan. 16, 2003 -- New Hall of Famers Gary Carter and Eddie Murray say commissioner Bud Selig needs to decide on Rose's status.

    Pete Rose
    Pete Rose is baseball's all-time Hit King.
  • Jan. 18, 2003 -- Ozzie Smith says Rose needs to "take a lot of responsibility" for his actions if he hopes to be reinstated and allowed into the Hall of Fame.

  • Jan. 22, 2003 -- Newsday reports that Rose indicated to Selig that he would be willing to admit he bet on baseball in order to be reinstated.

  • Jan. 24, 2003 -- Baseball's security department investigates Rose's latest tax troubles.

  • Jan. 29, 2003 -- Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller says a meeting between Selig and the 58 living Hall of Famers to discuss Rose's reinstatement is put on hold.

  • Jan. 29, 2003 -- The federal judge who sent Rose to prison for failure to report income says Rose has "paid his debt" and belongs in the Hall of Fame.

  • Jan. 31, 2003 -- Rose earns induction into the Ted Williams Museum Hitters Hall of Fame.

  • Feb. 3, 2003 -- Baseball hires federal prosecutor Martin Weinstein to help evaluate Rose's application for reinstatement.

  • Feb. 20, 2003 -- Selig says he doesn't plan to address Rose's application for reinstatement before Opening Day.

  • Feb. 24, 2003 -- Rose falls short of induction into the Canadian Hall of Fame.

  • Feb. 25, 2003 -- Mike Schmidt says he never predicted Pete Rose would be reinstated before Opening Day.

  • March 9, 2003 -- Selig says he's in no rush to decide on Rose's reinstatement.

  • March 13, 2003 -- Selig confirms he is actively considering Rose's application for reinstatement.

  • March 21, 2003 -- Tommy Lasorda speaks out against reinstating Rose.

  • March 24, 2003 -- Rose turns down an invitation from Cincinnati's mayor to attend Opening Day in the Reds' new ballpark.

  • March 31, 2003 -- Rose agrees to a deal to write another autobiography, scheduled for publication in 2004.

  • April 18, 2003 -- Schmidt says that Selig is dragging his feet and needs to make a decision on Rose's reinstatement.

  • June 8, 2003 -- Rose pays to see the Reds play at their new stadium, Great American Ball Park.

    Pete Rose
    Pete Rose is hoping Bud Selig will decide on his reinstatement application in the near future.
  • July 17, 2003 -- ESPN airs a mock trial to determine whether or not Rose should be in the Hall of Fame

  • Aug. 8, 2003 -- In a "Sunday Conversation" interview with ESPN's Bob Holtzman, Rose expresses his desire to once again manage a major-league baseball team.

  • Aug. 12, 2003 -- MLB chief operating officer Bob DuPuy blasts a Baseball Prospectus report that Rose has signed an agreement to be reinstated in 2004, calling it "totally unfounded."

  • Aug. 13, 2003 -- Rose resolves his federal tax debt from 1998.

  • Aug. 18, 2003 -- Schmidt says Selig will probably announce his decision on Rose's reinstatement sometime after the World Series.

  • Sept. 9, 2003 -- Selig says there is no timetable to reinstate Rose, saying his application is still "under review."

  • Oct. 2, 2003 -- John Dowd, who headed the probe leading to Rose's lifetime ban, donates his papers to the Hall of Fame.

  • Nov. 5, 2003 -- Rose tells a Cincinnati TV reporter that he feels good about his chances for reinstatement and suggests any agreement will allow him to manage in the major leagues again.

  • Dec. 17, 2003 -- Rose has a book coming out Jan. 8 -- and that means something. Here's why.

  • Jan. 3, 2004 -- According to published reports, Rose will admit publicly for the first time that he bet on baseball.