Pete Rose To Manage Bridgeport Bluefish June 16
All-time MLB hit king Rose to manage for the first time in 25 years; will be skipper of Bridgeport Bluefish for one game at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT
(Bridgeport, Conn. – June 7, 2014) – The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced that Pete Rose will manage the team for one game on Monday, June 16 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT. Rose, the all-time Major League Baseball hits leader, last managed a professional baseball game just under 25 years ago on August 24, 1989 with the Cincinnati Reds. He will don a professional baseball uniform once again, this time for the Bridgeport Bluefish, as they square off against the Lancaster Barnstormers.
“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. In the late ’80’s 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.”
“This is one of the biggest and 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.”
Pete Rose played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and Montreal Expos. He is the all-time MLB leader with 4,256 hits, 3,562 games played, and 14,053 at-bats. The slugger was named National League Rookie of the Year in 1963, National League MVP in 1973, was the recipient of two Gold Glove awards (1969, 1970) and a Silver Slugger award (1981), appeared in 17 All-Star games at five different positions (1B, 2B, 3B, LF, & RF), and won three World Series rings (Reds 1975 & ’76, Phillies 1980).
Following his playing career, Rose then went on to manage the Cincinnati Reds from 1984-89, accumulating a 412-373 record as Reds skipper.
“I will tell each of the players in the clubhouse a few things before the game,” added Rose. “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. You set your mind right and winning will fall into place and there is no better motivation than to win. It’s why you play the game – to win. Use this second chance opportunity in this talented league and 'Think Big.'”
Game time for Monday, June 16 is set for 7:05 p.m., with The Ballpark at Harbor Yard gates opening at 6:05 p.m. 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 going to http://www.bridgeportbluefish.com. (No coupons or ticket vouchers will be accepted for this game. All Box and Reserved tickets will be $14. No discounts will be applied online or at the Ticket Office window. Not ticket exchanges will be allowed for this game – including season ticket holders)
The Bridgeport Bluefish are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. For further information, call 203-210-BLUE (2583) or visit BridgeportBluefish.com.