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Discussion of rules opens players' minds

Discussion of rules opens players' minds

NEW YORK -- Most teams preach fundamentals and defense in Spring Training, and the Mets are no exception. Only this year, they added a twist: discussing the rules of the game.

Four balls to a walk, three strikes and you're out -- those are the easy ones. But not every player is particularly well-versed on the intricacies of infield fly rules, interference calls and the like. This spring, the Mets aimed to change that.

"We had never done that before, at least as long as I've been here," manager Jerry Manuel said. "I think those types of things open up the minds of the players as to really how the game should be played, rather than thinking they know how the game is to be played."