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MLB 'very close' to new domestic violence policy, Rob Manfred says

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred listens during a press

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred listens during a press conference after his first owners' meeting as baseball commissioner, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in New York. Credit: AP / Bebeto Matthews

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. - Rob Manfred said there has been progress made on Major League Baseball's new domestic violence policy and that they are "very close" to announcing it.

"Our labor relations people have been working with the MLBPA and we think we'll announce a new policy and it'll be a real step forward for the game," the commissioner said at the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Golf and Tennis Classic on Thursday at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. "I think it will be a real improvement in our policy. It is in the final stages."

Manfred said the new policy will have many layers.

"An overall policy has to have an educational, disciplinary and support component for families. And ours will," he said. "I think when the policy is announced, you'll see we'll cover the waterfront on those issues."

Torre's foundation is now in its second decade of "educating young people on critical issues" surrounding domestic violence.

"I haven't been asked about our domestic violence policy in about a month," Manfred said. "It's a good thing somebody asked."

No date set for Rose yet. Manfred also reiterated that no date has been set for a meeting with Pete Rose to discuss the possibility of his reinstatement, but the commissioner would like to get it done sooner than later.

"I'm sure it'll be sometime before the season is over because I'd like to have this done before the season is over," Manfred said.

When pressed on whether his decision will be at all influenced by a June ESPN report that Rose bet on baseball as a player, Manfred stayed consistent in his desire not to comment.

"I've been religious on not commenting on the substance and I'm not going to comment," he said. "I think it's important to understand the facts as they existed when they made the agreement and what's happened since then. I think it's important to give Pete an opportunity to tell me whatever he wants to tell me about the state of this situation now and, once we've done that, I'll make a decision."

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