Phillies disinvite Pete Rose from Phillies Alumni Weekend

SPORTSPhillies won't honor Pete Rose next weekend 'due to recent events'	Email

SPORTSPhillies won't honor Pete Rose next weekend 'due to recent events' Email

Rose said in a statement accompanying Monday's filing that he did have a relationship with the woman - starting when she was 16, which is the age of consent in OH, where Rose began is Major League Baseball career with the Cincinnati Reds. All fans will receive a wall of fame card pack.

Not only was he inducted into Cincinnati's Hall of Fame past year, the Reds also erected a bronze, larger-than-life statue of Rose in his signature head-first slide outside Great American Ballpark earlier this season.

The Phillies will not give away the collectibles and said fans with tickets for either game can exchange them or get a refund.

In the Phillies' statement, Rose said, "While I am truly honored that the Phillies fans voted for me to be this year's Wall of Fame inductee, I am concerned that other matters will overshadow the goodwill associated with Alumni Weekend, and I agree with the decision not to participate".

The testimony was presented by the defense as part of a federal lawsuit Rose filed a year ago in Philadelphia against a lawyer whose investigation got baseball's all-time hits leader kicked out of Major League Baseball for gambling.

Rose, who played five years in Philadelphia and won a World Series, has been embroiled in a statutory rape scandal dating back to the 1970s.

Rose sued John Dowd, a former invesitgator for Major League Baseball, for defamatory statements after Dowd said in a 2015 radio interview that Rose had teenage girls delivered to him in spring training.

Rose's personal problems never seemed to affect his popularity in baseball. He cannot hold a job in an organization or be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rest assured that if his lifetime ban is ever lifted and he is granted entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, he will go in as a Cincinnati Red, not a Phillie.

Rose continues to deny those accusations. Tickets that started at $150 will be refunded. With many tickets sold and tens of thousands of Rose bobble figurines set to be given away, the Phillies probably will have to look for an alternate activity for Alumni Weekend.

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