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Will Pete Rose be reinstated by new commish? Sportsbook gives 8/1 odds

Mike Oz
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People love to bet on pretty much anything related to sports — even, apparently, whether baseball's most famous gambler might be reinstated by the new MLB commissioner.

Odds are 8/1 that Pete Rose will be reinstated by commish-elect Rob Manfred, according to MyTopSportsbooks.com. Word comes via C. Trent Rosecrans at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

You can't help but chuckle at the irony of handicapping whether a guy banned for betting on baseball will get a reprieve. If you're reading this, Pete, don't take any action on this or any of the other Manfred-related odds. Just to be safe.

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A Reds fan held a sign recently supporting Rose's return to MLB. (Getty Images)

A Reds fan held a sign recently supporting Rose's return to MLB. (Getty Images)

If you're a Rose backer, you have to think these are pretty decent odds, especially after he's been an MLB outcast for 25 years. They're about as good, in fact, as the Washington Nationals winning the World Series. Not exactly a longshot.

When The Stew asked what the chances are that Rose would get reinstated by Bud Selig before he leaves office, Geoff Johnson of MyTopSportsbooks put the odds at 40/1.

He explained: "Similar to an outgoing president issuing pardons, could Selig view an olive branch to Rose as cleaning up his legacy? For sentimental reasons, it could happen but odds are the hard-nosed Selig doesn’t wince leaving office."

MyTopSportsbooks.com also set odds for whether Manfred makes the following changes to MLB rules:

Abolish chewing tobacco
Odds: 4/1 

All-Star Game no longer determines home field for World Series
Odds: 10/1

More Playoff Teams Added
Odds: 25/1

Pitch Clock Instituted
Odds: 30/1

Teams are contracted
Odds: 40/1

Salary Cap instituted
Odds: 80/1

DH in both leagues
Odds: 80/1

DH is abolished
Odds: 200/1

Playoff teams taken away
Odds: 120/1

Season is shortened
Odds: 200/1

Ties established for the regular season
Odds: 200/1

PED policy altered
Odds: 200/1

You'd think changing the All-Star game would be more likely than bringing back Rose, wouldn't you? I guess that's why I'm neither a bookie nor the commish-elect.

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