BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Pete Rose’s jersey was too big, and he was wearing dress pants as he exchanged lineup cards at home plate.
But the major league’s career hits leader was back in his element Monday, managing a baseball team, if just for one day.
The 73-year-old Rose, who has the most career hits in major league history, served as guest skipper the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League on Monday.
Rose was managing the Cincinnati Reds in 1989 when he agreed to a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball. He later admitted that he bet on Reds games while running the team.
Rose could take this one-game job because the Bluefish are not affiliated with any major league team. He has occasionally appeared at official events since his ban, with MLB’s permission.
Rose says he relates to the Bluefish players, many of whom also are trying for a second chance in baseball.
The Bluefish hosted the Lancaster Barnstormers in Rose’s game. The team says the Atlantic League is all about giving people second chances.