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Pete Rose reversed his stance Monday. After denying that he bet on baseball for 15 years, Rose told ABC news that he did gamble on the sport while managing the Cincinnati Reds.
Rose also makes a confession in his new autobiography, "My Prison Without Bars," which is set for release this Thursday.
"I've consistently heard the statement: 'If Pete Rose came clean, all would be forgiven,' " he writes. "Well, I've done what you've asked. The rest is up to the commissioner and the big umpire in the sky."
Baseball chief deputy, Bob Dupuy, said Monday Rose's application for reinstatement remains pending and that Commissioner Bud Selig "will take all of this into account."
Rose applied for reinstatement in 1997. Baseball's all-time hits leader says he started betting regularly on baseball in 1987, the year after he stopped playing, according to excerpts from the book released to Sports Illustrated for this week's issue, which hits newsstands Wednesday.
Rose says he only ever bet on the Reds to win. Baseball lawyer John Dowd concluded in 1989 that Rose placed wagers on 52 Cincinnati games between April 8-July 5, 1987.
"It's time to clean the slate, it's time to take responsibility," Rose says in the interview. "I'm 14 years late.
"I just never had the opportunity to tell anybody that was going to help me. ... I couldn't get a response from baseball for 12 years. It's like I died and, and they knew I died and they didn't want to bring me back. They were just going to let me rot."
If reinstated, Rose would only be eligible to appear on the writers' ballot for the Hall of Fame until 2005. After that, he falls to the veterans committee.