CLEARWATER, Fla. -- After attending a meeting on expanded instant replay, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg made it clear that he's given a lot of thought about how he plans to utilize the new challenge system.
"The first thing I'll look for is an impact type of a play in the game, even in the first inning. A bases-loaded double that is fair and it's really foul. There would be a problem there," he said. "I think we're going to have five TV games where I'll be able to practice it. I'll also find myself in Spring Training games just looking at some plays and getting the wheels turning about what I would do in that situation."
Sandberg anticipates that he'll be aggressive in making use of his challenges, even early in games.
"First of all, my tendency is to go right away on a play and react, so that's where the communication with the bench will be important. I'm not one to let a play happen and then lay back," he said. "All that will be second nature as far as going out there and talking with the umpires and possibly have them gather up and get some other angles, which is standard. Then the next thing would be to work around and get a look at the bench and see what they say and what the video shows and then make a judgment whether to challenge or not."
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.