Managers stressing communication

The saying 'there's no I in team' becoming prevalent again in today's game

Originally Published: March 13, 2009
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Royals manager Trey Hillman invited eight veteran infielders to his house for a mini-camp in the offseason. That's a sentence that I'm sure I've never written before, nor has anyone else. Hillman has a major league infield in the backyard of his 3-acre lot, and this was a chance for his infielders, including new first baseman Mike Jacobs, to familiarize themselves with certain philosophies and certain drills before spring training began.

"After the workouts," Hillman said, "we had cookouts. ...

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