SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. When it comes to aggressiveness on the bases, the Diamondbacks are not really trying anything new this spring. They are simply trying to do what they like to do better. Running into outs was a problem in 2012, and it goes without saying that D-backs need to improve there to make their somewhat-smaller-ball style work this season.
They understand. Kirk Gibson confronted the issue early in spring, when he was asked if the D-backs needed to get a little smarter in certain situations.
Not a little smarter, he said.
A lot smarter.
The D-backs are second in the National League in stolen bases this spring, among the signs that they will continue to push the envelope in Gibsons third full season, his first without right fielder Justin Upton and center fielder Chris Young.
It is Gibby ball, necessarily refined.
I think we have been a much more fundamentally sound team that we have been in springs of the past," general manager Kevin Towers said. "Were run the bases mu...