Pete Rose Manages Bridgeport Bluefish for a Night

Monday, Jun 16, 2014  |  Updated 7:11 PM EDT
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Pete Rose Manages Bridgeport Bluefish for a Night

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Nearly 25 years after being banned from Major League Baseball, Pete Rose stepped onto a baseball diamond as a manager for the Bridgeport Bluefish for one game on Monday.

Nearly 25 years after being banned from Major League Baseball, Pete Rose stepped onto a baseball diamond as a manager.

The Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League, brought Rose in to manage the team for one night on Monday. He arrived at the stadium Monday afternoon to a throng of media there to cover the event.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch was excited to see Rose take the helm for the Bluefish.

"As a baseball fan, I had the fortunate experience of spending my childhood through part of my adult life watching Pete Rose play baseball. He was an incredible player, a fantastic coach, and an asset to the game he loves," Finch said in a statement.

Rose, baseball's all-time hit leader, accepted a lifetime ban from the game in 1989 after allegations he bet on baseball, including games involving his own team, the Cincinnati Reds.

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