Pete Rose says he finally gets what former baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti meant when he talked about reconfiguring his life.
Baseball’s hits king said yesterday it’s taken him a long time to realize what Giamatti wanted when he gave Rose a lifetime ban for betting on baseball in 1989. Giamatti urged him to “reconfigure’’ his life.
“I’m kind of a hardheaded guy. That’s probably the reason I got all those damn hits,’’ Rose said. “It took me years to figure out what he was saying was to step forward and ’fess up and take responsibility for what you did. In the last several years, I finally get it. I understand.’’
In recent months, Rose has tried to patch up relationships with former Big Red Machine teammates and apologize for how his gambling scandal affected them. He also got back on a baseball field — Major League Baseball gave the Reds permission to celebrate the 25th anniversary of record-setting hit No. 4,192 on Sept. 11.
Rose, who turns 70 in April, hoped that he would be reinstated after he acknowledged in his second autobiography, “Pete Rose: My Prison Without Bars,’’ that he bet on Reds games while he was player-manager in the 1980s. There was a backlash over the 2004 book, and Rose remains banned from baseball and its Hall of Fame.
“I understand the Hall of Fame,’’ Rose said. “I understand what it takes to get to the Hall of Fame. I also understand how I screwed it up.’’
Commissioner Bud Selig has given no indication that he’s leaning toward reinstating Rose, who accepts whatever happens.
“I’m perfectly happy inside right now,’’ he said.
Cubs keep Quade
The Cubs kept Mike Quade
as their manager, going with the man who ran the team well for the last six weeks of last season rather than high-profile Hall of Famer and franchise icon Ryne Sandberg
. Quade, Chicago’s third base coach the past four years, was given a two-year contract along with a club option for 2013 . . . Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr.
interviewed for the manager’s job in Toronto, a person familiar with the situation told the AP.
Surgery for Gonzalez
The Padres said All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez
will have surgery on his right shoulder today and is expected to be ready for spring training. The team said the surgery is to clean up the labrum in Gonzalez’s non-throwing shoulder. The two-time Gold Glove Award winner hit .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBIs . . . Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo
signed a five-year contract extension through 2015 and was promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations . . . Francisco Rodriguez’s
fight with his girlfriend’s father cost the Mets reliever just more than $3.14 million in addition to more than seven weeks on the sidelines. Rodriguez settled his grievance with the team and once again apologized for his actions . . . Pitcher Ted Lilly
signed a three-year, $33 million deal to return to the Dodgers. The 34-year-old lefthander had a 7-4 record with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts for Los Angeles after being acquired from the Cubs.
Braves release Cabrera
The Braves released outfielder Melky Cabrera
and righthander Takashi Saito.
The 26-year-old Cabrera hit .255 with four homers and 42 RBIs and started 115 games in the regular season . . . Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker,
75, had heart surgery that repaired a tear from a previous valve replacement . . . Diamondbacks
manager Kirk Gibson
said he is going to auction off the bat he used to hit his dramatic 1988 World Series home run for the Dodgers. He’ll sell other memorabilia from that season, and some of the proceeds will aid his foundation.
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