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Photo by Jeff Curry / USA TODAY St. Louis manager Mike Matheny talks with the media during a press conference on Friday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Cards Matheny takes life’s lessons into manager role

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By Julian Linden

Reuters

BOSTON — As a former catcher, Mike Matheny knows that Major League Baseball, like life, throws up the odd curveball.

It is a lesson he has learnt the hard way and one that he applies to his new role as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Matheny played 13 years in the majors. He won four Gold Gloves and backstopped the Cardinals to the 2004 World Series, but was forced to retire because of repeated concussions.

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