-- Pete Rose met with baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday in New York and was told Manfred would render a decision on his request for reinstatement before the end of the calendar year, a source told Outside the Lines' T.J. Quinn.
A spokesman for Major League Baseball confirmed Friday that the meeting took place, but declined to comment. The meeting was held at Major League Baseball's offices in Manhattan.
Rose met Manfred with his representatives for a little less than two hours, making his case for reinstatement, but received no indication of how Manfred plans to rule. Numerous sources have told Outside the Lines they do not expect Manfred to reinstate Rose, who has been permanently ineligible since 1989 after a gambling investigation. Without being reinstated, Rose may not be considered for the Hall of Fame.
Rose's attorney, Ray Genco, confirmed on Friday that the meeting took place, saying, "Rob Manfred confirmed he wants a decision by the end of the calendar year. We appreciate that, but other than that we have no comment."
In June, Outside the Lines reported on new information discovered in documents that showed Rose apparently gambled as a player at the end of his career.
Rose said in August that he wouldn't talk about that new information until his meeting with Manfred occurred.
"What I'm going to do -- and I'm not the kind of guy who ever ducks a question -- but I'm going to meet with the commissioner in the near future," Rose said at the time, "and believe me when I tell you I'm going to tell the commissioner everything that I did, good bad and indifferent, and we'll go from there."