– Pete Rose is getting back in baseball while he awaits a ruling on his reinstatement request.

The career hits leader, who agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport 26 years ago, has been hired by Fox as a guest studio analyst.

"We informed baseball of Pete's audition," Fox spokesman Dan Bell said Saturday.

Bell said Rose will not be in stadium broadcast booths. Since the ban began, Rose has not been allowed in areas of ballparks not open to fans, except with special approval from the commissioner's office. .

Rose will appear on pregame and postgame shows on Fox and Fox Sports 1 and other programming. His start date and on-air frequency has not been determined.

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