Sunday January 09, 2011 | 08:15 AM

Catchers have to make more decisions on the field than other players, especially when they are calling the pitches. And catchers often make good managers.

Meet Kevin Boles, the 10th Portland Sea Dogs manager. He is a former catcher with other characteristics of a good manager.

He made himself into a good player (going from being a walk-on at the University of South Florida to being drafted by the Reds).

He is realistic and knows what he wants (Boles has always wanted to be a coach. When he saw little hope as a professional player, he hung up his glove and took up coaching).

And Boles has the bloodlines and upbringing (his father is respected baseball man John Boles).

For more on the man, see today's baseball column.

Also in today's paper is a good-bye from former manager Arnie Beyeler.

While the Red Sox seems to have their roster ready to go, the rival New York Yankees have not done much this off-season. New York Daily News columnist Bill Madden writes today about the Yankees' unsuccessful efforts so far, including their attempt to trade for Royals close Joakim Soria.


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