Reds quiz players on fundamentals during spring training

GOODYEAR, Arizona -- The Reds do lots of drills on fundamentals and talk about situations. This year, they’re seeing if it gets through.

“We’ll do some Q-and-A stuff,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “I hate to call it a quiz, but we’ve done that before, taken the pitching staff and divided it into two teams. You pick questions out of a hat, and then you get points based on the answer of a particular player. It kind of puts them on the spot, but it’s nothing that we haven’t already covered -- the number-one bunt play, the proper way to go to first base on a ground ball to the right side.

“It’s a great way to talk more baseball.”

Price looks for ways to keep spring training fresh.

“We’ve integrated Rich Marazzi, who is the rules guru,” Price said. “He’ll come in and break down certain rules and why they’re interpreted a certain way... It’s more than just entertaining. It’s informative.

“When push comes to shove, you can only take so many ground balls, fly balls, so many swings in batting practice. We’ve got to find different ways to challenge these guys.”

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