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Baker has nothing but praise for Torre

Baker has nothing but praise for Torre

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HOUSTON -- Reds manager Dusty Baker, who has known Joe Torre for more than 40 years, has nothing but praise for the veteran manager, who on Friday announced that he was stepping down as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers after this season.

"He's had a heck of a run," said Baker. "He started out fair, and then great. That's how you want to do it."

In 1968, at the age of 18, Baker broke into the Majors with the Atlanta Braves when Torre was an active player.

"He's one of the guys that really helped take care of me from the beginning of my career," said Baker. "We had a similar path. Marriages, cancer, young kids at an older age. I've leaned on Joe for quite a bit for stuff. He's a good man."

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