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Not your garden-variety manager

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to Reds skipper Dusty Baker

Originally Published: July 13, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

It's always a chore navigating 25 personalities and egos in a baseball clubhouse, and managers need to push buttons and establish order in a way that they see fit. One of Dusty Baker's time-honored tools is to bond with players through music, literature and the arts. His office is the baseball equivalent of Oprah's Book Club.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, an ardent reader, occasionally combs through the manager's personal library for a new page-turner to help pass the time. Earlier ...

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