FLORENCE, Ky. -- Tom Browning was far from perfect as manager of the independent minor-league Florence Freedom.
Browning, the only Cincinnati Reds' pitcher to throw a perfect
game, was fired Wednesday by the Frontier League team after
one-plus season in charge.
The team replaced him with another former Reds player -- Pete Rose Jr. -- in what is being called a "guest interim" basis.
"This is not like a permanent thing," Rose said. "It's a one-
or two-day thing. I've worked with a lot of these guys, so I wanted
to help out. I'm still a player. I'm not a manager."
Browning threw a perfect game for the Reds on Sept. 16, 1988, in
a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles at Riverfront Stadium.
He didn't have as much success running the Freedom. The team
finished its inaugural 2003 season at 27-61 and was 13-33 this year
when Browning was fired.
"When you're 13-33, I think they felt they needed a change of
direction," Browning said. "I don't know. ... They're the owners
of the team; they can do whatever they want. I respect that.
"I'm going to miss those kids, that's for sure."