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Bridgeport Bluefish: Pete Rose to Manage Independent Team for One Day

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By    |   Monday, 09 Jun 2014 04:14 PM

The Bridgeport Bluefish will get the benefit of decades of experience when Pete Rose shows up to manage the team for one game on June 16.

Rose, the all-time Major League Baseball hits leader, stepped off the professional baseball field 25 years ago after managing the Cincinnati Reds.

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Although he was banned from working with the MLB because of gambling problems, the ban doesn’t apply to independent teams like the Bluefish.

“I’m doing this because I love baseball,” Rose, 74, said in a Bridgeport Bluefish news release. “I love young players because they bring you one thing you need in sports — enthusiasm. These young men are here working their butts off. They don’t have egos — they are hungry. They run hard and they play hard, all the time. In the late '80s I think thirty-three of my players had their first Major League hit. I’m proud of that. Guys like Chris Sabo, Kurt Stillwell, and Eric Davis. I love coaching young players like them.”

The game against the Lancaster Barnstormers will be played at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Bluefish general manager Ken Shepard said in the release that this was "one of the biggest and influential announcements" not only for the team, but for professional baseball.

In the release, Rose offered some insight into what he’ll share with the players.

“I will tell each of the players in the clubhouse a few things before the game,” he said. “I will look at each of them and say that every one of you guys has more ability right now than I did at 18 years old. I was told that I was too slow, didn't have a strong arm, and didn't have power, but I got an opportunity and I worked the rest of it out. I out-worked people, out-hustled people, and had more determination. You have to prepare yourself right and the rest will take care of itself.”

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