MLB's Bob DuPuy responded to the Baseball Prospectus report that baseball and Pete Rose have come to an agreement that will allow Rose to be reinstated next year. DuPuy told Jayson Stark-what a meeting of minds that-there is "no decision, no agreement, no nothing".
Of course, DuPuy used a double negative; therefore, he is saying that there is something. Pretty sneaky, sis'.
As for me, I believe Baseball Prospectus. I think that they broke the story before baseball was ready for it to be broken. Bud Selig was ostensibly waiting for end of the Series to broach the topic. Maybe he will spend the intervening time getting his house straight, i.e., finding and dispatching the leak that from which BP got their intelligence.
The only question now is if this hurts Rose's chances. Selig may go out of his way to ensure that the facts of the report are proven untrue. Perhaps he will now require the silly apology from Rose before the reinstatement.
Whatever happens, it's another bit of bad publicity for baseball. One would hope that if there were an agreement in place, MLB would be forthright to stand by that agreement. Let's keep hoping and sailin' on to higher ground.