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The 11th Frame: In PBA League, Mark Baker proves as good a manager as he is a coach

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 3:30 pm

Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters manager Mark Baker holds the PBA League Elias Cup surrounded by his team, with PBA Commissioner Tom Clark on the far left and Bayside Bowl Managing Partner Charlie Mitchell on the far right. Photo by Pro Bowlers Association.
You have to give Mark Baker credit for at least one thing: he is not afraid to make a decision that opens himself to criticism. Of course, you have to give Baker credit for being tons of things, including PBA Tour champion and top level coach. Add to that smart and gutsy PBA League manager. It would have been the easiest thing in the world for Baker to stick Chris Barnes or Mika Koivuniemi at anchor on the Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters. Barnes is a future Hall of Famer who has...

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