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After 13 years studying Japanese baseball as a hitter and outfielder, Alex Ramirez is taking a similar approach to his new job as the rookie manager of the Yokohama BayStars.

The Venezuelan, the first foreign-born player with 2,000 hits in Nippon Professional Baseball, is judiciously applying what he learned in his career, absorbing whatever he can to inform his managing, setting straight-forward goals and sticking to them.

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