Selig said to uphold Rose's ban Bid for reinstatement called likely to fail

September 12, 1997|By NEW YORK TIMES

NEW YORK -- Pete Rose has taken a preliminary step in his desire to return to major-league baseball's good graces, but two high-ranking baseball officials said yesterday that his effort, if he applies for reinstatement, will fail. One said that Bud Selig, the acting commissioner, would never recommend to the ruling executive council that Rose be reinstated.

Rose, who has been barred from baseball since Aug. 24, 1989, has not applied for reinstatement. A lawyer representing him took the a step in that direction a month ago, initiating a meeting with Robert DuPuy, Selig's lawyer, in Milwaukee on Aug. 12.

"I would view it as an exploratory rather than preliminary," DuPuy said of the meeting, speaking by telephone from Milwaukee.

DuPuy, who cleared the meeting with Selig, said that he and Rose's lawyer, Gary Spicer, met for three to four hours but did not discuss the process by which Rose would apply for reinstatement.

However, the officials who rated Rose's chances as zero, commenting on condition of anonymity, said that Selig has always said that Bart Giamatti, the commissioner who banned Rose, took the proper action after an investigation by John Dowd, a Washington lawyer, uncovered extensive information about Rose's betting history.

Pub Date: 9/12/97

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