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Bluefish watch: Rose returns to manage Bluefish on 'Ken Shepard Day'

Updated 11:13 pm, Thursday, August 28, 2014
  • BRIDGEPORT, CT - JUNE 16:  Former Major League Baseball player Pete Rose speaks at a press conference prior to managing the game for the Bridgeport Bluefish against the Lancaster Barnstormers at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on June 16, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Photo: Christopher Pasatieri, Getty Images / 2014 Getty Images
    BRIDGEPORT, CT - JUNE 16: Former Major League Baseball player Pete Rose speaks at a press conference prior to managing the game for the Bridgeport Bluefish against the Lancaster Barnstormers at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on June 16, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Photo: Christopher Pasatieri, Getty Images

 

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ENCORE: The Bluefish announced Thursday that Pete Rose will again serve as guest manager Sept. 14 on "Ken Shepard Day" at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. It will be the final home game of the season for the Bluefish.

Rose, who is Major League Baseball's career leader with 4,256 hits, initially served as manager of the Bluefish on June 16 in a 2-0 win over the Lancaster Barnstormers. He coached first base for the first five innings.

The game marked the first time Rose managed a professional baseball game since he was with the Cincinnati Reds in 1989. He was banned from the game Aug. 24, 1989, amid allegations that he bet on games as manager of the Reds.

"Pete is very excited to come back to Bridgeport and take the helm once again on this very special day," Bluefish assistant general manager Jamie Toole said. "We encourage everyone to join us as we honor Ken Shepard."

Shepard is battling Stage 4 kidney cancer and has announced that this will be his final season in the position he has held since 2012.

Shepard has previously been the general manager at Geneva (1987-90), Prince William (1990-92), Atlantic City (1998-2000) and Savannah (2001-04).

UP NEXT: Tonight vs. Sugar Land, 7:05. RHP Sean Gallagher (0-4, 5.43) vs. RHP Kyle McMillen (0-5, 7.57).

-- RICH ELLIOTT

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