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Saturday, June 07, 2014

ESPN: Pete Rose to manage for 1 day

Pete Rose is back in professional baseball—for one game anyway. Rose, who still is serving a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball, will return to the dugout to manage the independent league Bridgeport Bluefish for one day. The Bluefish, who play in the Atlantic League, announced Saturday that Rose will serve as their manager on June 16 against the Lancaster Barnstormers.

the line just changed

Bluefish general manager Ken Shepard referred to Rose’s one-game managerial return as “one of the biggest and [most] influential announcements in not only franchise history, but in professional baseball in the last 25 years.”

Suzyn Waldman’s bastard son out of Steve Garvey?

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 07, 2014 at 09:49 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: independent leagues, pete rose

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   1. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 08, 2014 at 12:59 AM (#4721195)
Well, let's all root for the meteorite ...
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: June 08, 2014 at 01:06 AM (#4721198)
I'm a massive minority, but I think Pete belongs in baseball...just not any capacity where he has a chance to affect the games.
   3. rr Posted: June 08, 2014 at 01:30 AM (#4721207)
I am a Reds fan, and I have said that I wouldn't object to Rose doing TV/radio for the team. A lot of Reds' fans still love him, he likes attention, he likes to talk, he likes to watch baseball, fans could interact with him on Twitter and talk radio etc. Plus, the Reds' current announcers suck.

But I can certainly see why most people say, "Fukc Pete Rose."
   4. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 08, 2014 at 08:50 AM (#4721226)
My only comment is that "Barnstormers" is a pretty great name for a team from Lancaster (Pennsylvania).
   5. bobm Posted: June 08, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4721270)
Since Rose is managing for one game only, he can bet on his team and not worry about the consequences of burning through the whole bullpen.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 08, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4721272)
If I ran an indy league team, I'd consider hiring Rose as a manager full-time. Why not? He's not half-bad as a manager, and he sure wold draw a lot of attention to the team, which is exactly what those leagues need. And he's too old to take the field himself.
   7. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 08, 2014 at 12:12 PM (#4721277)
My only comment is that "Barnstormers" is a pretty great name for a team from Lancaster (Pennsylvania).

funny, he doesn't LOOK Amish
   8. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: June 08, 2014 at 02:29 PM (#4721335)
If I ran an indy league team, I'd consider hiring Rose as a manager full-time. Why not? He's not half-bad as a manager, and he sure wold draw a lot of attention to the team, which is exactly what those leagues need. And he's too old to take the field himself.


Totally concur. He was one of the few HOF-caliber players who seemed able to connect with players as a manager. He'd be a great draw, and he'd probably do a good job on the field. Just make sure he is wearing an ankle bracelet when you play the indy league team in Atlantic City...
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 08, 2014 at 02:50 PM (#4721345)
Hitler wasn't available?
   10. Rough Carrigan Posted: June 08, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4721349)
He should have his kids alienated from him!
   11. Cblau Posted: June 08, 2014 at 05:56 PM (#4721458)
Barnstormers is a terrible name for a team from Lancaster. The only appropriate name is the Red Roses, which is the traditional name for Lancaster teams. And York is in the same league and also uses the wrong name. How sad.
   12. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 08, 2014 at 06:16 PM (#4721466)
York falls under the clause that says if you give your sports team a name that doesn't end with S--or at least an S sound, Boston and Chicago--then you're not allowed to have a sports team.

At least that's what it damn well should say.
   13. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 08, 2014 at 07:00 PM (#4721505)
Barnstormers is a terrible name for a team from Lancaster. The only appropriate name is the Red Roses, which is the traditional name for Lancaster teams. And York is in the same league and also uses the wrong name. How sad.


Absolutely correct. And not only that, Lancasters were never used for barnstorming...
   14. Rennie's Tenet Posted: June 08, 2014 at 07:25 PM (#4721515)
The Atlantic League has a team in Texas, and five teams in the league are owned by one company?
   15. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 08, 2014 at 07:58 PM (#4721535)
To hammer home that the league is independent, the two divisions are called The Freedom Division and the Liberty Division. A bit of overkill, yes no?
   16. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 08, 2014 at 08:31 PM (#4721557)
The Lancaster Barnstormers took over the Pennsylvania Road Warriors franchise. The Road Warriors were a true barnstorming team, as they had no home field.
   17. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 08, 2014 at 08:48 PM (#4721563)
The Lancaster Barnstormers took over the Pennsylvania Road Warriors franchise.

Mad Max Patkin was their mascot
   18. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 08, 2014 at 08:55 PM (#4721570)
York falls under the clause that says if you give your sports team a name that doesn't end with S--or at least an S sound, Boston and Chicago--then you're not allowed to have a sports team.

That would actually be a very good rule.

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Barnstormers is a terrible name for a team from Lancaster. The only appropriate name is the Red Roses, which is the traditional name for Lancaster teams. And York is in the same league and also uses the wrong name. How sad.

The York Red Roses and the Lancaster White Roses were a joint team in the 1914 Class B Tri-State League. The Eastern Association that year featured the New London Planters, the Waterbury Frolickers, the Portland Duffs, the Lynn Fighters, the Lewiston Cupids, the Lowell Grays, the Haverhill Hustlers, and the Fitchburg Burghers/Manchester Textiles. Now those are names I could get into.
   19. Buck Coats Posted: June 08, 2014 at 08:55 PM (#4721571)
There's probably not much of a risk, no bookie would take a large bet on an Atlantic League game
   20. SOLockwood Posted: June 08, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4721582)
Lancaster Blockbusters would be a good name.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockbuster_bomb 
   21. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 09, 2014 at 02:34 AM (#4721663)
Lancaster Blockbusters would be a good name.


Since this is a baseball team, how about Lancaster Grand Slams?
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2014 at 09:17 AM (#4721696)
I'm with Tom in #6. And I have no problem with Pete getting back in baseball with the Indy Leagues. I just want him nowhere near a MLB stadium.
   23. villageidiom Posted: June 09, 2014 at 10:35 AM (#4721742)
And York is in the same league and also uses the wrong name.
They should call themselves the York Yankees, just to make it seem like they've been around longer than that upstart team in the Bronx.
   24. Batman Posted: June 09, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4721745)
And he's too old to take the field himself.
That didn't stop him 30 years ago.
   25. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: June 09, 2014 at 01:27 PM (#4721906)
I would be more impressed if the headline were: "Pete Rose to manage not to bet on baseball for one day."
   26. Nasty Nate Posted: June 09, 2014 at 01:55 PM (#4721924)
A Lancaster always pays his debts.

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