PLANTATION, Fla., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued by Pete Rose:
"I have admitted to betting on baseball in my forthcoming autobiography, 'My Prison Without Bars.' I am terribly sorry for my actions and for my bad judgment in ever wagering on baseball, and I deeply regret waiting so many years to come clean. I would like to apologize to the fans for abusing their trust, but I thank them all for their continuing faith in me.
"At this time I would like to personally congratulate the newest Hall of Fame members, Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley. I never intended to diminish the exciting news for these deserving players. The scheduled launch date for this book, established many months ago, was Thursday, January 8, 2004. My publisher worked hard to contain the news of this book until after the Hall of Fame announcements and we were both upset when a media leak on Sunday caused the news to be announced on Monday.
"My personal admission to Commissioner Selig occurred some 14 months ago. I hoped that the public admission, coordinated with my hopeful reinstatement back into baseball, would have taken place shortly thereafter. It was always my intent for the book to follow a public admission coordinated with Baseball.
"Also, I would like to extend my personal condolences to the family of Tug McGraw at this most difficult time. I always enjoyed playing with and competing against Tug.
"Again, I would like to thank everyone for their continued support."