Laying out the terms for a possible Pete Rose reinstatement

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ST. LOUIS -- There have been conversations between Major League Baseball and Pete Rose's camp about the inevitable meeting that the banned all-time hit leader will have with new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, but no plans are in place yet. This is not an issue that can be pushed off for long, because the All-Star Game is in Cincinnati in 75 days, and Rose's role in the event must be well-defined by then.

Manfred said he is going to consider Rose's appeal for reinstatement from permanent ineligibility on the facts. Let's call it what it really would be: a baseball version of a parole, and if it happens, Manfred must decide what reinstatement for Rose would entail.