Ryne Sandberg is an organized man. Or so it seems. The new Phillies manager runs his practices organized. He is obsessed with paying attention to detail. But until late Monday night, his plans for camp were strewn about. “I put a lot of thought into it,” Sandberg said. “The wheels started turning probably after the last game (of 2013). “I had a set of about 12 or 15 sheets or paper. Some were Post-it notes. Some were smaller than that. Some were sheets of paper. I threw it all together last night.” Shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Ryne Sandberg gathered every player in major-league camp for a chat before heading to the fields. Most have been here for a while already. But Tuesday marked the first official workouts of spring training, Sandberg’s first as manager. If Tuesday was any indication, things will be a bit different this year than in years past. “In a lot of ways, it felt like back in the day, an Opening Day-type of thing,” Sandberg said. “There was anxiousness. Good butterflies. I was excited to see everybody and actually get started with the process of molding the guys together as a unit.” Players began the day by performing base running drills, something the Phillies have struggled with in the past. They followed that by working on bunt defense — another small but sore spot for the Phils the last couple years — for about a half hour. Sandberg is a man who preaches detail, and it showed on Tuesday.
Sandberg runs practices with lots of thought
Courier-Post | Feb 19