Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pete Rose to manage independent league team for one game

Fans who want to see Pete Rose back in baseball will soon get their wish.

According to, Rose is set to serve as guest manager for the Atlantic League's Bridgeport Bluefish for one game on June 16. This is when the Bluefish will oppose the Lancaster Barnstormers at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

The idea for Rose to manage wasn't finalized until Friday afternoon

"This year is the 25th anniversary of the last time Pete managed," Bluefish general manager Ken Shepard said. "So this really is a very special moment. Pete has not managed in professional baseball since the Cincinnati Reds in 1989. And we are just so excited to be able to be the team that hopefully could help in the process of furthering a relationship to see Pete be back in the good graces of Major League Baseball. And whether you agree with Pete's banning from the game, his current inability to be in the Hall of Fame is something that people love to talk about. There are passionate people on both sides of the argument. And we are glad and hope that we'll be right in the center of that for the next week or so."

The 73-year-old owns multiple MLB records with the most famous being his 4,256 career hits. Rose was banned from the game on Aug. 24, 1989 amid allegations he bet on games while managing the Reds. The Cincinnati native compiled a 412-373 record in parts of seven seasons.

"I'm very excited about coming to Bridgeport," Rose said. "I look forward to being back on the field watching these young players try to earn an opportunity to advance through baseball. It's always a pleasure being around young players, veteran players. If I can help one player become a better player on that Monday night, then I'll have accomplished something."

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