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ROSE ADDS TO LEGEND AT AWARDS CEREMONY

Pete Rose might be making some progress in his bid for reinstatement into baseball. That doesn't mean he's toning down his act.

Adding another accolade to a collection that still lacks the one he wants most, Rose received the "living legend" award Monday night from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. Gracious in thanking the fans and the city, Rose had some pointed words for the game that banned him following a gambling probe in 1989.

"Allen Iverson didn't make the Olympic team. I've got that figured out," Rose said. "Baseball must have selected that team."

When a cell phone rang during Rose's brief acceptance speech, he said, "Quick, answer that. It's probably Bud Selig calling me. It's January. They said they were going to call me. They'll probably make me wait another nine years."

In fact, there was some news regarding Rose's bid for reinstatement, which he applied for in 1997. According to Rose's agent, Warren Greene, the commissioner's office has proposed several dates next month for a meeting between Rose attorney Roger Makley and baseball lawyer Bob DuPuy. To this point, Rose has received no formal response on his application.

"All we want is a dialogue," Greene said.

In other baseball news: The price of the New York Mets' best box seats at Shea Stadium will rise $12 this year to $57, the team said Monday. That's $2 more than the price of the best box seats for the Yankees, which are going up $5.

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