Jennie Finch will likely be on the mound again this weekend. But she won't be pitching. She'll be changing pitchers.
Finch will serve as guest manager for the Bridgeport Bluefish, an independent Atlantic League team, as they take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Sunday. According to a press release, Finch will "assist the team in the dugout for the entire game," as well as throw out the first pitch and participate in a pre-game meet-and-greet with fans.
The Bluefish are known for their guest managers. In 2014, Pete Rose managed a game. Last year, Paul O'Neil did the same. After Finch gets her turn this weekend, Roger Clemens will manage a game on August 5.
"I am looking forward to coming to Bridgeport and The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Sunday, May 29th to serve as Guest Manager for your Bridgeport Bluefish," Finch said in the press release. "I look forward to seeing [all the fans] in Bridgeport! Go Bluefish!"
This is an obvious publicity stunt, one that Bridgeport apparently likes. But it's not crazy to consider Finch, perhaps USA Softball's most famous player of all-time, as a viable baseball coaching option. With Becky Hammon and Nancy Lieberman getting NBA assistant coaching jobs, and Jessica Mendoza taking color commentary duties for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, now is as good a time as ever for Finch to make moves in the MLB coaching world.
Finch has to start somewhere. It looks like her first men's uniform will be in the form of the Bluefish. According to Yahoo! Sports' Mark Townsend, this will be the first time a female manages a men's team.
The Bluefish could use Finch's help. Bridgeport's 11-21 record is last in the Liberty Division.
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