Ailing Rose won't attend Reds' news conference

CINCINNATI -- Pete Rose is being honored by a Hall of Fame --
the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum initially called a news
conference for Tuesday to announce plans for an exhibit recognizing
the achievements of the banned career hits leader, then canceled it
later Monday after learning Rose would be unable to attend because
of illness. The team replaced the news conference with a telephone
conference call.

Rose was banned from the ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame
after he agreed in 1989 to be banned for life for gambling on
baseball games. His eligibility for the Baseball Writers'
Association of America ballot ended last year.

Cincinnati inquired with the commissioner's office to make sure
Rose could attend the event. Under the terms of his lifetime ban,
he cannot be employed by major league teams and is generally not
allowed into areas of ballparks that aren't accessible to fans.

"They checked with us and asked permission," baseball
spokesman Pat Courtney said.