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Laker Takes on Managment

By sstorm Published: May 3, 2007

After 19 years in baseball as a catcher, Tim Laker has hung up his cleats for a pair of managerial turf shoes. I sat down to talk with the former Tribe backstop Thursday after the Aeros batting practice for a piece that will appear in Sunday's paper.

He was insightful and funny and really looks forward to sharing the good of the game with young guys. And I do mean young, as Laker will make his managerial debut as short-season Mahoning Valley - home of the future Indians 2007 draft picks.

Until the draft produces players for Laker to coach, he serves as a roaving catching instructor for the organization and "practiced" coaching for a while at extended spring training.

So add Laker to the growing pile of coaching candidates who started their baseball careers wearing the "tools of ignorance." I just love that.

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