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The Baseball Hall of Fame said it will continue to uphold the Pete Rose ban

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It's been revealed that back in December, the National Baseball Hall of Fame's board of directors decided to uphold the rule that has prevented Pete Rose, the leader in hits, from being considered for induction into the Hall.

That's what Jeff Idelson told Outside the Lines on Thursday.

Back in 1991, the board ratified a resolution that deemed that anyone permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball could not be considered for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2015, file photo, former baseball player and manager Pete Rose speaks at a news conference in Las Vegas. Rose on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, sued the lawyer whose investigative report got him kicked out of baseball for gambling, alleging the lawyer defamed him last year by saying on the radio that Rose raped young teen girls during spring training. Rose said in the federal lawsuit that John M. Dowd damaged his reputation and endorsement deals during a July 2015 interview on WCHE-AM in West Chester, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

This isn't the first time Rose, 76, has tried to be reinstated to the game. He tried unsuccessfully in 1997 and then again in 2015.

A statement from the Hall  of Fame read:

"After extensive discussion, a vote was taken in which the Board ratified the resolution that was passed on February 4, 1991, known today as Rule 3(E) in the BBWAA's election rules. As such, anyone deemed permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball, including Pete Rose, may not be considered for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame."

Some people disagreed with the Hall's decision, calling it "archaic."

This entire meeting in December was prompted by a letter from Rose's attorney in which they were seeking reconsideration. 

An investigation led by the MLB found that Rose had bet on baseball. 

Rose was placed on the ineligible list in 1989 when he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Rose signed an agreement with the MLB accepting a lifetime ban.

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