WATCH: Jennie Finch gives inspiring speech, wins pro debut as manager

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Jennie Finch the manager is undefeated. Getty Images

Softball legend Jennie Finch became the first female to manage a professional baseball club on Sunday, standing in as the guest manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League.

Finch did more than take part in a pregame media scrum, fill out the lineup card, and throw the game's ceremonial first pitch. She guided the Bluefish to a 3-1 victory, leaning on small-ball tactics along the way. Finch also gave a pregame speech:

Cynics will label Finch's day at the helm as a publicity stunt. Maybe it was, but there's no valid reason precluding a woman from becoming a baseball coach or manager. Becky Hammon's success with the NBA's Spurs should only hasten an overdue move in that direction across professional sporting leagues.

Given her impressive credentials as a player, Finch might as deserving as any candidate for a baseball job -- one that doesn't have "guest" in front of it.

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R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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