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Counsell: Brewers Are Not Equipped For “Small Ball”

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Counsell: Brewers Are Not Equipped For "Small Ball"

Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell says his team was built to hit homers, not manufacture runs with bunts. And that’s why he did not have catcher Manny Pina make a sacrifice bunt with runners on first and second and nobody out in the ninth inning of Milwaukee’s 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay. Counsell was still answering media questions about that decision on Monday. The game was tied at one at the time, but Pina — with 25 sacrifice bunts in 12 minor league seasons — was told to swing away, and he hit into a double play before the Rays won the game on a walkoff homer. Counsell had 57 sacrifice bunts in his Major League career as a utility infielder, but he argues that today’s game depends less on “small ball’ and more on the homer — and Counsell says it would be a “big mistake” to let his playing days determine how he manages.

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