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.

"I'm doing this because I love baseball," Rose said during a conference call Saturday. "I love young players because they bring you one thing you need in sports -- enthusiasm. These young men are here working their butts off. They don't have egos -- they are hungry. They run hard and they play hard, all the time."

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."

"The Atlantic League was created to be a league of second chances," Shepard said.

The Bluefish are not affiliated with any teams in Major League Baseball. Bridgeport manager Willie Upshaw, who played parts of 10 seasons in the majors, has agreed to assume a coaching role while Rose manages the Bluefish on June 16.