As a special prosecutor for baseball, Dowd led the investigation into Rose’s gambling. Years later, during a 2015 radio interview, Dowd said that a memorabilia dealer, Michael Bertolini, had stated that Rose had girls as young as 12 brought to him during spring training. Bertolini denied telling Dowd this, and last year Rose sued for defamation.
Although his baseball career is mostly remembered for the 22 years he spent with the Cincinnati Reds as a player and manager before he was banned, Rose spent five seasons with Philadelphia, from 1979 to 1983. The Phillies made it to two World Series with Rose, winning in 1980, and he was named an All-Star in four of his five seasons with the club.
Rose was to have been honored with a bobblehead night and a place on the Phillies’ Wall of Fame during the Alumni Weekend. In June the Reds unveiled a statue outside their stadium depicting him in his trademark headfirst slide, and he was inducted into the Reds’ Hall of Fame in 2016.
Rose has had a bit of a professional renaissance the last few years, despite a decision by baseball’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, late in 2015 to keep the ban on him in place. That same year, Rose was hired by Fox as a guest baseball analyst, and received generally positive reviews for his performance. In 2016 his role expanded to include appearances on “MLB Whiparound,” as well as in the studio, throughout the baseball season. He was a part of the team awarded an Emmy for outstanding studio show, for “MLB on Fox: The Postseason.”
But the latest court filings may force 21st Century Fox to again confront questions about allegations against its employees. Last month, Fox Sports fired the programming chief Jamie Horowitz amid a sexual harassment probe, and Fox News is still reeling from a sexual harassment scandal.
Fox Sports declined to comment on Rose’s status with the network.