Baseball denies deal with Rose

Major League Baseball is denying a report that it has reached a deal that would see Pete Rose reinstated.

According to a report by Baseball Prospectus on its website, Rose has signed an agreement following a series of preseason meetings with Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt and, at different times, representatives of Major League Baseball, including Chief Operating Officer and commissioner Bud Selig.

DuPuy has emphatically denied that a deal which would pave the way for Rose's to return to the game has been reached.

In a statement released on Tuesday, DuPuy said the report was "wholly inaccurate" adding that it was "unsubstantiated and totally unfounded."

"The Commissioner has not made a decision and no agreement with Mr. Rose has been reached or signed. When a decision is made, it will be reported through the appropriate channels. Any unnamed source to the contrary or any report suggesting otherwise is both unfortunate and journalistically irresponsible," said DuPuy.

The 61-year-old Rose received a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 for allegedly betting on baseball games.

Rose, who maintains he never bet on baseball while he was a player or manager, has lobbied for reinstatement to the game for more than a decade.

In the past, Baseball officials have said Rose must admit he wagered on baseball if he ever hopes get off the permanently ineligible list.

If Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, is reinstated he would be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He would be able to employed by a team next season, as long as it wouldn't involve day-to-day operations of a club.

The report also said Rose would be allowed to return as a major league manager as early as 2005.