Bridgeport, CT, United States (4E Sports) – The Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League announced Saturday that Pete Rose will serve as their manager on June 16 against the Lancaster Barnstormers.
Rose, 73, will return to the dugout for one day only.
He is still serving a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball, imposed in 1989 for gambling on games while playing for and managing the Reds.
Rose publicly admitted to the gambling charges in 2004. The majors’ all-time hits leader with 4,256 career hits, Rose has remained ineligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bluefish general manager Ken Shepard referred to Rose’s one-game managerial return as “one of the biggest and [most] influential announcements in not only franchise history, but in professional baseball in the last 25 years.”
Shepard said the Atlantic League was created to be a league of second chances.
The Bluefish are not affiliated with any teams in Major League Baseball.
Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw has agreed to assume a coaching role while Rose manages the team on June 16.