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The Optimism & Faith of Dusty Baker

The New York Times has a great article about the Cincinnati Reds skipper, Dusty Baker, and his journey back to the post season with his 3rd team.  Here is an excerpt about his optimistic attitude and faith in God, which provides him with the necessary tools to influence his players on many different levels. His great attitude and unwavering faith is something that we can learn from him:

What has distinguished Baker throughout his career is that through all the harrowing disappointments, he has remained upbeat and optimistic. Asked how he managed to stay positive, Baker gave an answer that illustrated why players, especially young ones, love to play for him. He is less a manager than a life coach.

“No. 1, I have confidence in myself,” Baker said. “And my dad always taught me what you think of yourself is what you are, not what other people think of you.”

He cited his belief in God, his passion for the game and the hard lesson he learned that managers are simply leasing space. Once you understand that — in baseball and in life — everything else is fairly simple. “I remember when I first took the job with the Giants, Al Rosen told me that managers are made to be fired,” Baker said.

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