Burks looks to the future
"As a player, there are managers you don't feel you can talk to about certain things," Burks said. "But I learned a lot from Dusty. He'd explain why he made this move, or whatever. You can talk to him about anything."
Burks, now 39, took a pay cut from $7.1 million to $750,000 to play for Boston as a part-time DH this season. His knees are shot; he can't throw because his elbow hurts too much; and he's off to a 1-for-15 start at the plate. If this isn't the end for him as a player, it's not far off.
But Burks should have an abundance of choices when he decides to retire. Survey everyone from front-office people to former teammates, and he's considered prime future manager material for a number of reasons.
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