With the book closed on the 2014 All-Star Game, folks in Cincinnati are already gearing up for the next one in 2015, which will be played inside the cozy corridors of Great American Ball Park.
Of course, what would a Cincinnati Midsummer Classic be without the presence of baseball's all-time hit king and hometown hero, Pete Rose? Considering Rose's lifetime ban from baseball, which he agreed to in 1989, it would seem Major League Baseball would opt to exclude Rose from the festivities altogether. But that doesn't appear to be the case anymore.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Commissioner Bud Selig all but left the door wide open for the Reds to include Rose in some manner during the 2015 All-Star Game. Check out what the commissioner had to say to the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday.
"That will be up to the Cincinnati club, and they know what they can do and can't do," Selig said. "It's sort of been subjective. But they've done some things with Pete, but they've been very, very thoughtful and limited. But that's a subject that I'm sure they'll discuss in the next year."
Generally speaking, Rose is not allowed to access any areas of major league stadiums that fans can't access too. However, Rose was allowed to participate in the All-Century team ceremony at Turner Field during the 1999 World Series, as well as the honoring of the Big Red Machine last season at Great American Ball Park.
Furthermore, next year's All-Star Game will be the first under Major League Baseball's new commissioner. Selig has plans to retire in January after first assuming office in July 1998.
In 1997, Rose applied for reinstatement to the sport, but Selig has refused to ever officially rule on Rose's application, pointing to Rose's lifetime ban instead.