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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