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BASEBALL LEGEND RETURNS TO DIAMOND JUNE 16

Pete Rose to manage Bridgeport Bluefish for one game

(Central Islip, N.Y., June 9, 2014) – One of Major League Baseball’s greats will return to the role of manager in professional baseball for the first time in 25 years on Monday, June 16. All-time MLB hits leader Pete Rose will serve as the skipper of the Bridgeport Bluefish when they take on the Lancaster Barnstormers at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn.

“This is one of the biggest and most influential announcements in not only franchise history, but in professional baseball in the last 25 years as well,” says Bluefish general manager Ken Shepard. “We encourage everyone to come out to the ballpark on June 16 to experience this special occasion.”

Rose is a 24-year Major League veteran who spent time with the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos. He finished his career with all-time best totals in hits (4,256), games played (3,562) and at-bats (14,053). Among the many awards he received were National League Rookie of the Year in 1963, National League Most Valuable Player in 1973, Gold Glove awards in 1969 and 1970 and a Silver Slugger award (1981). The Cincinnati native appeared in 17 All-Star games and won three World Series championships (Reds, 1975 and ’76; Phillies, 1980).

“I’m doing this because I love baseball,” says Rose. “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.”

Game time for Monday, June 16 is set for 7:05 p.m., with The Ballpark at Harbor Yard gates opening at 6:05. The Bluefish will honor Rose’s number 14, by selling all Box and Reserved tickets for $14. A special meet-and-greet package with Pete Rose is also available. Tickets and more information regarding the meet-and-greet package are available by visiting the Bluefish ticket office, calling (203) 210-BLUE or logging on to www.bridgeportbluefish.com.

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