-Both the Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading coaching staffs openly addressed an organization-wide focus on small ball prior to both clubs opening their seasons. The directive, handed down by new Phils skipper Ryne Sandberg, will have the entire Phillies system playing a more aggressive style of baseball.
Dusty Wathan, Image- Jay Floyd
“I think we’re going to utilize a National League style of baseball dating back to the 70′s a little bit. You’ll see some triples, some hit-and-run and some bunting. I think it’s kind of an organizational philosophy since Ryne has taken over. You’re going to see it implemented not only at the big league level, but at the minor league level. It’s something we really stress, is base running, being aggressive, taking extra bases, sacrifice bunting, hitting and running. So, you’re going to see a very aggressive game and it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch,” Reading manager Dusty Wathan said on Tuesday.
“I guess it’s just a little more