Campaign Strategy


The goal of Lift the Ban is to become an undeniable force in and around Major League Baseball so that the Commissioner’s Office feels compelled to take corrective action.  This game belongs to the fans.  If the fans demand it then MLB will reinstate Pete Rose.  Lift the Ban is the voice for that demand.  Nothing like this has yet been attempted and it will work.

Bud Selig is scheduled to retire his commission at the end of the 2014 season.  The person who takes his place will probably not have close ties to baseball’s old-guard and will be more likely to lift the ban if the fans demonstrate that they want the ban to be lifted.

We all know that the vast majority of baseball fans believe Pete should be reinstated.  Lift the Ban is the voice for those fans.  If we come together as a visible and vocal presence in the ballparks and around Major League Baseball then the ban will be lifted sometime around 2015; but we have to begin now.

We launched Lift the Ban in earnest in February 2012.  Many people have asked us whether there is a petition to sign.  The short answer is “no.”  This is because we do not believe a petition will work, at least not right now.  Instead of an ineffective petition, we offer you the chance to participate in a unique movement by sporting a Lift the Ban t-shirt that not only looks great but also makes a powerful statement.

If you know somebody who supports Pete Rose please let them know about Lift the Ban; and please purchase a t-shirt and wear it proudly.  We need to spread this movement and the shirts are our best advertisement.

If you have an idea on how to improve Lift the Ban; or if you have an idea for an activity or event; or if you would like to get involved in a more significant way please contact us at



18 Thoughts on “Campaign Strategy

  1. Anonymous on April 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm said:

    It is true that all of the money that Lift the Ban receives gets reinvested into the campaign. We have not profited a single dime from Lift the Ban. One of the Co-Founders owns and operates a successful law practice near Washington, DC. He launched LTB because he feels Pete Rose is being punished too severely. The owners do not have any profit motive for LTB other than that the more money the campaign generates the more things we will be able to do for the campaign.
    We started in 2011 with homemade silkscreened t-shirts because it was affordable. We used the money that we received from those sales to invest in a more professional product. We have upgraded every step of the way when we could afford to do so. We have expanded our product line when we could afford to do so.
    We do not have a huge budget for LTB but as we sell more shirts we are able to expand our market.
    If anybody wants to get more closely involved in Lift the Ban they will see that we are honest people, working towards a goal. We welcome suggestions and participation.

  2. Mike Graham on July 30, 2013 at 12:10 am said:

    I truly hope that Pete Rose is finally reinstated…..God forgives!….Why can’t Baseball?

  3. As a life-long Braves fan, I hated Pete Rose and the “Big Red Machine.” However, I admired Pete’s skills, love of the game and his desire to win. Regardless of what he did outside the ballpark, when he hit the field, he was amazing. Lift the Ban!

  4. I am SO happy to see this!!! I even have the remark in my Twitter profile, “Put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame!!” I am disabled so my physical ability to “help” may be challenge, but I would like to help in any way I possibly can!! I am very passionate that this is just more than wrong, it’s a complete travesty!! The Baseball Hall of Fame simply can’t be a TRUE Hall of Fame until Pete Rose is inducted!!!
    I had the opportunity to meet Pete at a roast here in Indiana/right after a ceremony in Cincinnati for the anniversary of Pete breaking the hit record! I have a picture of us together and got to tell him pretty much what I said in the last sentence of the 1st paragraph.
    When it came time for Pete to speak after being “roasted”, he spoke very candidly about the gambling and how he couldn’t be more sorry … He even teared up, which had a lot of us at the dinner in tears as well! It was a heartfelt and emotional speech. I am going to DM you on Twitter re: shirts. I have to look and see what is available. I know I want both bumper stickers and will need 3-5 shirts!!
    Please contact me and let me know if there is anything I can do to help in anyway!!!
    Thanks so much for getting this movement going!!! :)

  5. Barry Seay on January 25, 2014 at 8:37 pm said:

    I have been waiting many years for a movement like this for Pete Rose to be reinstated. I watched and played baseball as a Little Leaguer way back in 1959. Always followed the Cincinnati Reds (Mom was from Cincinnati-went to Pete’s high school-Western Hills). I collect all Reds baseball cards to this day. I’ve taken a lot of ribbing for being a Pete Rose fan because I always believed he was such a competitor that he could not have done anything to alter a Reds game. Pete is not a cheat. Thanks for this site. I would love to help!!!

    • Anonymous on March 17, 2014 at 12:03 am said:

      I personally think we should boycott baseball games for one week. Select a week post that week on Facebook, Twitter and other places. Let the fans speak. If attendance and TV watching and radio listening are drastically down maybe the powers that be will take note!

  6. Henry on July 9, 2014 at 9:58 pm said:

    Lift the ban on The Greatest Ball Player of All Time !!

  7. Pete made some bad personal choices and there was punishment. It’s time for forgiveness, reinstatement, and admission to the HOF. He was my childhood hero on the field and an incredible player. MLB needs him as part of their history. No one outperformed him on the field. I personally do not care that he bet on baseball or if he did or didn’t bet on his team. I watched him play and I never once felt he was putting out less than his best. Certainly betting on his own team to win would give him more motivation to perform well that day and spur his team mate to do the same. This is 1000 times better and more fair than those who have chosen to use steroids and look at their success and ability to remain in baseball. Lets fix this now as it has gone on way too long.

  8. Someone explain this to me. Get juiced on steroids to set a record is acceptable, and your in the HOF. But if you bet on baseball as a manager, you get banned as a player? Only Bud could think of something that stupid.

  9. I just received your teeshirt lift the ban. we fight for the same cause and the shirt is beautiful. I am going to tell people about
    your shirt .

  10. I just learned this site is not affiliated with pete rose. cancel my reply

  11. cancel my reply. this site is not affiliated with pete rose.

    • John Campbell on December 7, 2014 at 6:46 pm said:

      apparently you’re reply is worthless anyways, we all fight for the same thing and that is to get the Hit King, Charlie Hustle back in MLB!!!

  12. a.j. osborne on December 19, 2014 at 3:29 am said:

    Pete Rose is a pathetic lowlife who will never make the hall of fame. Baseball paid him million of dollars and said “we have few rules and one of the major ones is don’t bet on baseball.” He broke the trust and then lied about it for 14 years. He isn’t wanted._Go away. The game is more popular and better off without this sack of shift. Most Hall of Famers don’t want him in there. He is a disgrace. You people ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

  13. Joseph Nichols on December 25, 2014 at 3:26 pm said:

    If you look back on all the greats in pro sports you will find a lot of them had their issues. From Drugs and alcohol, Gambling, Women, pick your poison and you will find at least one famous athlete that got caught doing it. Michael Irving got caught with with cocaine and weapons in the trunk of his car less than 2 months after winning a Super Bowl and was sentenced to probation and community service. Pete Rose gambled and admitted to it. He admitted he had a gambling problem. For his honesty and efforts, he is banned from the MLB for life. To me this is extreme and, given pro athlete history, discriminative. I believe this has gone on long enough. Let the past go, let him back into coaching and lift the ban entirely. Some criminals convicted of murder spend less time in jail than Pete Rose has spent banned from the MLB for gambling. In a time where you hear so much about pro athletes beating their women, violating substance abuse policies, drugs, weapons, DWI arrests, and all their other mishaps and continue their careers with mere 2 to 3 game suspensions, to keep one of the greatest players in the MLB banned for gambling is ludicrous! You don’t have to forgive, you don’t have to forget, but you cannot condemn a man for his sins. God and God alone is the ONLY one who holds that power!

  14. a.j. osborne on December 30, 2014 at 12:12 am said:

    Why is it you can use ped’s and go into Hall of Fame,but bet on Baseball and you are banned forever? Cause the rules say use ped’s and you get suspended for50 games. Bet on Baseball,walk in and lie right to the Commissioners face,then 8 days later the Commish dies of a heart attack tell everyone”Hey,what do you expect, the guy’s 50 pounds overweight and smokes 5 packs of cigarettes a day” (Smart move Pete) Then every year at Hall of fame inductions set up a card table in the parking lot and tell every pathetic fool who will listen to you that”I didn’t do nothing and here let me tell you some more lies” while Baseball sits inside and just seethes. Then run around and sell the uniform you got your 3,000th hit 10 times and the bat you got 4,000th hit with 6 times(What a scumbag) Then after 15 years of being a low life liar finally admit the truth – in a book(for profit) that you lied the whole time(no kidding) and release it 2 days before Hall of Fame inductions (It was supposed to be about Paul Moliter) but not with Pete”what about me” Rose around. Do all these things and much more low-life antics and you get what you deserve-every good and decent person,and true Baseball fan telling you”Go away Pete,you are a disgrace “66

    • onehstrybuff on January 25, 2015 at 11:58 pm said:

      Hey Osborne or whatever your name is , when you scrolled down this page to enter your remarks, you missed the first paragraph, which reads: “The goal of Lift the Ban is to become an undeniable force in and around Major League Baseball so that the Commissioner’s Office feels compelled to take corrective action. This game belongs to the fans. If the fans demand it then MLB will reinstate Pete Rose. Lift the Ban is the voice for that demand. Nothing like this has yet been attempted and it will work.” So if you are not supporting this, don’t post on this page, we don’t need any Rose haters on this website. Carry your ass !!

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