Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, said Friday the application for reinstatement from Pete Rose will be given a "full and fresh look." (Tweet This)
Manfred, who took over as head of MLB in January, told CNBC he's open to talking with Rose, who in 1989 accepted a lifetime ban from baseball for gambling.
But the commissioner was adamant concerning his feelings about baseball's no tolerance rule on gambling. "The most fundamental rule in baseball that's been there forever is Rule 21. It prohibits anybody who's on the field from betting on baseball or betting on any sport. The rule is clear that if you bet on baseball you will be banished for life."
Refusing to say whether he's already made up his mind about Rose, Manfred said in a "Squawk Box" interview: "The passage of time if nothing else, changes I think the situation somewhat. Mr. Rose has suggested to me he has things he wants me to understand about the situation. I'll give him a full opportunity."