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News : Sports : Baseball Jan 14, 2009 - 2:10 PM

Tommy John to return as Bluefish manager

By Bridgeport Bluefish

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Skipper returns for his third season in Bridgeport

The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced former Major League pitcher Tommy John will return as field manager for the 2009 season.

“The organization is excited to have Tommy back for the 2009 season,” says Bluefish CEO Frank Boulton. “He knows what the Bluefish mean to the community while showing great leadership on and off the field and having an outstanding presence in the clubhouse.”

John pitched for 26 seasons from 1963 to 1989 including three 20-win campaigns. During the 1974 season, he permanently damaged the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his pitching elbow and had to undergo a very new surgery at the time. “Tommy John Surgery,” as it is known today, is a revolutionary surgical operation that has saved the career of numerous players. John won the Hutch Award in 1975 for displaying honor, courage, and dedication to the game of baseball both on and off the field, and the National League Comeback Player of the Year award in 1976 after returning from surgery. During the 1976 campaign John rang up a 10-10 record with a 3.09 ERA and 91 batters fanned while playing for the Dodgers. Of the 288 games that John won, 164 came after his surgery.

Of eligible players, John is currently the winningest pitcher in Major League Baseball history not to be voted into the Hall of Fame. Tommy finished with a 3.34 ERA and 2,245 strikeouts in 760 career games played. He was selected to the All Star team four times (1968, 1978, 1979, and 1980) and also finished second in Cy Young Award balloting for both the 1977 and 1979 seasons. During his career he won two World Series championships.

The Bluefish coaching staff will be announced at a later date.

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