Alex Suskind
Saturday June 7th, 2014

(Al Behrman/AP) (Al Behrman/AP)

Former ball player/WWE guest announcer Pete Rose is returning to the baseball diamond. Rose is set to manage the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for one day this month, taking over for the team's official manager, Willie Upshaw.

"I am very excited about getting back onto the field and watching these young players try to earn an opportunity to advance their baseball careers," said Rose, at a dismally attended press conference announcing the publicity stunt change.

It's been almost 25 years since Rose was banned from Major League Baseball for betting on games. While this Bluefish gig isn't exactly pro material, it may be the closest the all-time hits leader is going to get to participating in a professional baseball setting. (FYI, the Atlantic League is not affiliated with MLB.)

Hey, I guess anything's better than being a reality star. [Deadspin]

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