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Dierker much more than your average manager

With a book out to tell his story, former Astros manager Larry Dierker has a unique perspective on the game.

Originally Published: July 8, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

I like books written by baseball managers, and for a few years it's been a goal of mine to collaborate with a baseball manager on a book. For a number of reasons, Larry Dierker was pretty high on my wish list.

As it turns out, though, Larry Dierker didn't need me or anybody else (save a good editor, I suppose). Simon & Schuster has just published Dierker's book, This Ain't Brain Surgery: How to Win the Pennant Without Losing Your Mind, and Dierker actually wrote the book himself. I mean, ...

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