Former MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent, who played a role in the lifetime ban of Pete Rose prior to assuming the office, discussed the negotiations he and Rose’s lawyers had in 1989 on MLB Network Radio Friday.

“For a brief period of time, speculating about how we would deal with the problem, we discussed with Rose’s lawyers whether there would be a way in which we could suspend Rose for a number of years, and not for life,” Vincent told SiriusXM’s Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette. “Our position was that he bet on baseball, he was gambling, he had to go for life. They, I think, raised the question, ‘What about a term of years?'”

Listen below to hear what Rose’s lawyers suggested to Vincent and Major League Baseball, and how close Rose was to a seven-to-10 year ban, as opposed to a lifetime ban.

Power Alley, with Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin, airs weekdays at 10 am ET on MLB Network Radio, XM channel 89 and Sirius channel 209.

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