Jennie Finch to make history by managing independent league baseball team

Jennie Finch will be back at the ballpark this weekend but in a different role than she's used to. She will be assisting from the dugout rather than standing on the mound.

The USA Softball star is set to make professional baseball history this Sunday as the first woman to manage a men's team. Finch will guest manage the Bridgeport Bluefish, an independent Atlantic League team, as they take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

The fast-pitch softball legend won't be the first big name to act as guest manager for the Bluefish. The team has also had Pete Rose and Paul O'Neil do the honors, with Roger Clemens slated to manage on Aug. 5.

Finch, who will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch and participate in a pregame meet-and-greet with fans, expressed her excitement over the opportunity over social media:

"She is an incredible athlete and a wonderful person, and we hope our fans will enjoy seeing her in a Bluefish uniform for the day," Bluefish GM Jamie Toole said in a news release.

Publicity stunt or not, this could be the beginning of JF's baseball coaching career. Just sayin'.

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