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Former Reds player, Pete Rose has written a 7-page letter to the National Baseball Hall of Fame asking them to approve his eligibility.


Rose was banned from the sport for gambling in 1989. Then, in the early 90’s Hall of Fame bylaws were changed and banned players were deemed ineligible for nomination into the organization.


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Pete Rose will be inducted into the Cincinnati Reds’ hall of fame. The announcement came Tuesday morning, a month after Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Rose's application for reinstatement into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Rose's lifetime ban from baseball was imposed in 1989 for betting on games, and before Tuesday’s announcement, the ban prevented him from induction into the Red’s own hall of fame and museum.

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Ken Griffey Jr. has been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame with the highest voting percentage ever, and Mike Piazza also is headed to Cooperstown.
Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines fell short in results announced Wednesday.
A star slugger of the Steroids Era never tainted by accusations of drug use, Griffey was on 437 of 440 votes in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot. His 99.3 percentage topped Tom Seaver's 98.84 in 1992.
Piazza, on the ballot for the fourth time, received 365 votes.

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Baseball's All Star Game comes to Cincinnati on Tuesday, and controversial Reds legend Pete Rose is scheduled to be on the field.  This spring, Rose applied to the commissioner of Major League Baseball for re-instatement, 26 years after he was banned from baseball for gambling. Community Voices producer Dave Barber explores baseball's complicated relationship with the man known as The Hit King.

The Dayton Dragons held a Meet the Players event on Wednesday. The Dragons will open their season today and look to continue their record for selling out home games this year.

The Dragons are the Class A minor league team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. Last year, the team broke the record for consecutive sellouts at home games which had stood at 814. Dayton is now over the 900 consecutive game sellout mark.

Tom Nichols of the Dayton Dragons says the team won several awards last year and the Dragons will continue to build on that success this season.

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - A measure to have voters make Reds Opening Day an official ceremonial holiday in Cincinnati is having difficulty qualifying for the city's Nov. 8 ballot.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that 81 percent of nearly 9,000 petition signatures reviewed by the county elections board were invalid because the signers live outside the city. Many people were asked to sign at Reds games.

The group behind the campaign believes it collected a grand total of up to 12,000 signatures.