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Morning edition: Acta plays Wooden

By Ron Published: February 27, 2010
Cleveland Indians coach Sandy Alomar, left, and manager Manny Acta watch the players stretch before baseball spring training practice Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

The first thing a manager does every spring when the full team arrives at camp is set the tone with a speech.

Now every player will tell you that these speeches aren't of the football variety. But it was interesting for Manny Acta to point out that he has read the books of UCLA legendary coach John Wooden. And that his speech Friday was more Wooden than Lombardi.  Here is the notebook.

The main feature by Sheldon refers to a blog post he made Friday on how the workouts had the pitchers pitching but the batters were watching. The term the Indians used was tracking. Here is the indepth version.

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