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Touch 'Em All: Pete Rose is manager for a night

Pete Rose, left, talks to Willie Upshaw, right, as they watch batting practice at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Pete Rose, left, talks to Willie Upshaw, right, as they watch batting practice at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
For the first time in 25 years, Pete Rose managed a baseball team Monday.

But it was just for one night, and only because the team was the Bridgeport Bluefish, who play in the independent Atlantic League.

Rose, 73, was managing the Cincinnati Reds in 1989 when he agreed to a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball. The former Reds and Phillies all-star later admitted that he bet on Reds games while running the team.

Since the Bluefish are not affiliated with a major-league team, Rose did not violate his ban by guiding them to a 2-0 win over the Lancaster Barnstormers in front of a crowd of 4,573 in Bridgeport, Conn. The all-time hits leader occasionally has appeared at official events since his ban, with MLB's permission.

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  • The Bluefish say the Atlantic League is all about giving people second chances.

    "If I were given a second chance, I would be the happiest guy in the world," Rose said in an ESPN.com interview, discussing reinstatement to MLB.

    Rose lives in Las Vegas and said he still bets but hasn't bet on baseball in a "very long time."

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