Pete Rose laughs while talking to Dave Concepcion during a ceremony honoring Tony Perez on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. On Monday, Major League Baseball announced it had denied Rose’s reinstatement application. David Jablonski/Staff

Report: Pete Rose applies again for reinstatement to baseball

Reds legend has been banned since 1989

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Rose and his lawyers asked Commissioner Rob Manfred to reconsider Rose’s ban from baseball, according to documents obtained by ESPN, in the light of baseball’s decision not to punish Houston Astros players involved in the recent sign-stealing scandal.

"There cannot be one set of rules for Mr. Rose and another for everyone else," reads Rose’s petition. "No objective standard or categorization of the rules violations committed by Mr. Rose can distinguish his violations from those that have incurred substantially less severe penalties from Major League Baseball."

Manfred denied Rose’s request for reinstatement in 2015 after meeting with him at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati earlier that year.

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At the time, Manfred said allowing Rose back into baseball “presents an unacceptable risk of future violation by him … and thus the credibility of our sport.”

Rose, the former Cincinnati Reds legend and baseball’s all-time hits leader, has been banned from baseball since 1989 for gambling on baseball while he was managing the Reds.

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