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Baseball great Pete Rose manages Bridgeport Bluefish for a game

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Former MLB player Pete Rose will manage the Bridgeport Bluefish Monday night. (AP photo) Former MLB player Pete Rose will manage the Bridgeport Bluefish Monday night. (AP photo)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

Former Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose managed the Bridgeport Bluefish for a game Monday night.

Rose, Major League Baseball's hits leader, last managed a game roughly 25 years ago.

"I love doing this because I love baseball," Rose said in a 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."

Rose said the players in Bridgeport didn't have egos and were hungry.

"In the late '80s, I think 33 of my players had their first Major League hit," Rose continued. "I'm proud of that. Guys like Chris Sabo, Kurt Stillwell and Eric Davis - I love coaching young players like them."

Rose played 24 seasons in MLB with the Reds, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Montreal Expos. He leads MLB in career hits with 4,256; 3,562 games played; and 14,053 at-bats.

He was also known for agreeing to a permanent ineligibility from baseball in 1989 after being accused of gambling, according to baseball officials. The Bluefish team is not affiliated with MLB.

The Bluefish defeated Lancaster Barnstormers 2-0 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

More information can be found on the Bluefish's website here.

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