Pete Rose met in New York yesterday with Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, and baseball's all time Hit King was told that a decision on his reinstatement will be reached by the end of this year. The meeting lasted two hours and Rose was able to make his case about why he should be reinstated. If Manfred does not allow him to return to MLB, Rose cannot be considered for election into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989, after an investigation concluded that he bet on games involving the Cincinnati Reds as both a player and manager. He applied for reinstatement in 1997 and met with then commissioner Bud Selig five years later. However, Selig never ruled on Rose's application, so Manfred's decision will be MLB's first formal decision on Rose since his ban by A. Bartlett Giamatti 26 years ago.