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Ryne Sandberg wants the Phillies playing lots of small ball

Ryne Sandberg

Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryne Sandberg smiles and waves to the Phillies fans in the stands prior to a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, on Friday, May 10, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Phillies fans don’t have much to look forward to this season, but if manager Ryne Sandberg has his way they’ll see plenty of bunts, hit-and-runs, stolen bases, and analytically questionable strategy designed to score one run at a time.

Already this spring the Phillies have bunted more often than any other two teams combined--including two bunts with runners in scoring position and zero outs Wednesday--and Sandberg told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that’s part of his “small ball” plan:

That’s something that I’m stressing this spring. We’re working on it. We’re practicing it. If it’s not a bunt, it could be a hit and run. Get a baserunner, make something happen--really to set the tone for the season. ... I look at our bats and our type of team, and I think we’re going to have to be good at that game.

In other words: We can’t hit, so we might as well bunt.

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