Baseball's Veteran Managers on Their Work, Techniques and More

Heart on His Sleeve

En español | "I try to let everyone know how excited I am," says Rangers manager Ron Washington, 61. Being around baseball, he says, "is so invigorating."

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Catcher and the Sky

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, 41, one of baseball's best catchers ever and now a special assistant for the Texas Rangers, surveys the spring training scene.

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The Right Way

Unlike many of today's players, a fan at the Rangers' spring training camp in Surprise, Ariz., still uses two hands to catch a fly ball.

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Manager, Lifer

At the ballpark, says Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, 55, "it's like you're a kid again." What will he do when he retires? "Probably watch baseball."

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Some Day, Maybe …

In the spring, every team is a World Series contender — and every young fan is a future major leaguer. The dreams and hopes keep us watching.

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Passing the Torch

A love for baseball claims a new generation, as a young fan visits with a player at the Minnesota Twins' spring training camp in Fort Myers, Fla.

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It's Almost the Same

"I don't think the game has changed much over the years," says Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, 57. "But the players are better."

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To Each His Own

Says Baltimore manager Buck Showalter about his Orioles: "You need to know how to deal with everyone on your team as an individual to get the most out of him."

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A Numbers Game

Spring training is serious business for veterans looking to hang on and rookies looking to break in. Jersey numbers higher than 55 are usually given to the long shots.

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Ponce de Manuel

Through multiple medical woes, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, 69, says "baseball kept me going. I'm in better health now than I've been in years."

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Palm Ball

The Phillies get loose in Florida. Says manager Charlie Manuel of his years playing in Japan: "It gave me a harder work ethic."

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Can You Hear Me Now?

From peanuts and Cracker Jack to cellphones, spring training is for fans, too — a time to get ready for the boys (and wise men) of summer.

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Donnie Baseball

Don Mattingly, 52, has spent his entire playing and managing career with two of baseball's glamour franchises — the Yankees and now the Dodgers.

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Autograph Seekers

It's not only youthful fans who have Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on his toes. "Players keep me young with music, electronics, everything."

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The Natural

Clayton Kershaw, 25, is a big-time star. His manager Don Mattingly focuses on those who aren't: "I know the fear of young kids their first time in the majors."

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