From one AL East manager to another

Buck Showalter was sending a message; for Terry Francona, it was about family

Updated: March 30, 2011, 8:10 PM ET
By Doug Glanville | ESPN.com

I was paying close attention to the conversation between Baltimore's Buck Showalter and Boston's Terry Francona, in part because I played for both managers. They had different styles of managing, but at both stops, I loved my time with them.

Francona is the ultimate players' manager. He takes the fall in the news conferences; he can tease you better than your teammates (ask Dustin Pedroia, aka the "Pirate Parrot," according to Tito). He has the ability to kick back with the players ...

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