A Major League Baseball team to have mandatory team practices in the middle of a 162 game season seems difficult to implement, right? Not so fast. According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, new Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has done just that.
Sandberg instituted "mandatory" practices back in the spring for players when he was the team's third base coach. The practices lasted about 20 minutes and happened before 4 pm. Now, Sandberg has moved the report time for players up from 4 pm to 3 pm so they will all be at the ballpark when these practice sessions are taking place.
The Phillies have had issues with very fundamental aspects of the game to the point where closer Jonathan Papelbon called out his teammates back in June. These practices should help reinforce the fundamentals these players might have forgotten or pushed to the back burner en route to the Major Leagues.
At the very least, they are extra reps for the younger guys.
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