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Manny Ramirez's voice being heard

Joe Maddon has taken a new approach with the volatile slugger -- he's listening to him

Updated: March 22, 2011, 11:54 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

"Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking." -- Bernard Baruch

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- He's Manny Ramirez, and he isn't Joe Torre's problem anymore. Or Terry Francona's problem. Or Ozzie Guillen's problem.

He's Manny Ramirez, and the joy of managing him is all Joe Maddon's now.

The manager of those free-thinking Tampa Bay Rays knows all about how that's turned out for the managers who preceded him. And you know what? He doesn't care.

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