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Former Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose, Major League Baseball's all-time hit leader, is scheduled to make an appearance at Christ's Church of the Valley in Philadelphia later this month, according to the church's website.

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Rose, who played for the Phillies from 1979 to 1983, is set to appear live and be interviewed by Senior Pastor Brian Jones during services at 9:00, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. on March 30. Rose is scheduled to appear at Covedale Center for the Performing Arts in Cincinnati later that night for an Evening with Pete Rose.

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More from the post on the church's website:

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Rose's banishment from the game as well as the 10th anniversary of his admission of guilt. Yet, while players who took performance-enhancing drugs have been welcomed back to the game, Pete still remains an outcast. As someone who preaches weekly about the need for "second chances," Brian Jones believes that it's time Pete was offered one.

"We've all made decisions we wish we could take back. When we make mistakes there are consequences for our actions. Pete Rose is somebody who has admitted his mistake, has come clean with what he did, and I truly believe his debt has been paid," said Jones. "It's time for baseball to give Pete Rose a second chance."

Rose is on the cover of this week's issue of Sports Illustrated. Earlier this week, Cincinnati Enquirer columnist John Erardi wrote a story about Rose and the latest book about him, Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, by Sports Illustrated's Kostya Kennedy, coinciding with the SI cover and released 25 years after baseball launched the investigation that ended with Rose accepting a lifetime ban.

Clark writes for the Cincinnati Enquirer

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