Pete Rose contrite, holds out hope for Hall of Fame


Former baseball player and manager Pete Rose speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that he had rejected Rose's plea for reinstatement. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation found that he had bet on the game while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former baseball player and manager Pete Rose speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that he had rejected Rose's plea for reinstatement. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation found that he had bet on the game while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Former baseball player and manager Pete Rose speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that he had rejected Rose's plea for reinstatement. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation found that he had bet on the game while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Former baseball player and manager Pete Rose speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that he had rejected Rose's plea for reinstatement. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation found that he had bet on the game while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pete Rose insisted Tuesday he is a changed person even if he still likes to bet on an occasional baseball game. Rose said he was disappointed in not being allowed back in baseball, but held out hope he could still one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

In Rose’s words, “My whole life has been a Hall of Fame life.”

At a press conference fronting his restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, Rose said he couldn’t rewrite history but still believes he can one day be back in baseball. He said he was sorry for his mistakes of the past, which included betting on games while with the Cincinnati Reds.

Baseball’s all-time hit leader said he believes Rob Manfred will be a great commissioner and that he was put in a tough spot in having to rule on his reinstatement

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Former baseball player and manager Pete Rose speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that he had rejected Rose’s plea for reinstatement. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation found that he had bet on the game while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/12/web1_107623066-f46de18ce73f49af8771999e648fe9cf.jpgFormer baseball player and manager Pete Rose speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that he had rejected Rose’s plea for reinstatement. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation found that he had bet on the game while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former baseball player and manager Pete Rose speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that he had rejected Rose’s plea for reinstatement. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation found that he had bet on the game while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/12/web1_107623066-3f87e8aecc6346b0a92dd218f039409c.jpgFormer baseball player and manager Pete Rose speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that he had rejected Rose’s plea for reinstatement. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation found that he had bet on the game while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former baseball player and manager Pete Rose speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that he had rejected Rose’s plea for reinstatement. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation found that he had bet on the game while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/12/web1_107623066-ad98250b946b4cbfa766b18de718e4fb.jpgFormer baseball player and manager Pete Rose speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas, after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that he had rejected Rose’s plea for reinstatement. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation found that he had bet on the game while he was a manager for the Cincinnati Reds. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)