Pete Rose continues to discuss his history with gambling, and while he wants his fans to forgive him, he says he has no apology for John Dowd who led the investigation that prompted his ban from baseball in the 1980s. Read more in this online Q & A with ABCNEWS viewers.
For details on Rose's confession to betting check out:
• Rose's interview with Charlie Gibson on Primetime.
• Read an excerpt from his book.
Question: If in the future you are given another chance to be a manager, where would you like to manage?
Answer: Well, anywhere that had a competitive team. But the ideal fit for me obviously is Cincinnati or somewhere where I've played — not that you want to limit it. But, I look at it like this, I don't want to sound arrogant or cocky, I just think that I can bring a very positive attitude to anyone that needs a positive attitude. There's a lot of teams out there that need a positive attitude, plus my knowledge of baseball.
Question: I'm A huge fan of yours and would like nothing more than to see you back in the game. What can you do to prove that you would never bet on baseball again?
Answer: Well, all I can tell that fan, and I appreciate the question, is I haven't done it since 1988. That's a pretty long time. I think once you do it and you realize what it cost me and it put me through, there's no way you'd think of doing it again. You just have to believe me, and believe me I understand how much I messed up … looking for a second chance, I'm sure it would be tough for me, you leave a pitcher in too long ... certain people are gonna think whatever they want. I know my mind is clear, the weight is off my shoulders … there's just no chance, that would be the last thing that would ever happen in my life.
Question: When did your kids, including your oldest, Pete Jr., learn of your confession of betting on baseball and what was their reaction?
Answer: You have to understand that my grown kids are no dummies, and not that they would ever say it to me, but just like a lot fans thought. It was never out of the closet, kind of figured that I did. Just based upon all the reports and all you hear … my son Pete he loves me, he says, 'Hey don't worry about it. You did what you did, you made a mistake, just go ahead with your life.'
Question: Which is more important to you: Getting into the Hall of Fame or getting a chance to manage again? Why?
Answer: I don't think I can really separate the two, they're equally important. I really don't think there's two ways to look at this — if someone gives me a chance or not — I don't think it's the American way to tell me I could do one and not the other? My expertise is baseball and my ability to support my family is baseball, working in baseball, so I think your kind of taking away the American way not allowing someone to do what they can do.… Wynona Ryder got caught stealing but she's still able to act, Robert Downey, Jr. was convicted of cocaine … got punished and [he's] still able to be an actor. I got caught, 14 years [ago], and should be able to be in baseball if someone will have me.
Question: Would you be willing to accept being prohibited from managing a team as part of your reinstatement to MLB? Answer: If you're not a player in baseball the only other position you can have to make a good living is a manager, not that I wouldn't like it, but I don't have time to be a hitting coach.