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Small ball dominating this World Series

Updated: October 29, 2008, 3:37 PM ET
Somewhere, John McGraw is smiling and Ty Cobb is saying something about how it's about time the modern-day ballplayers learned how to play small ball. Somewhere, Otto Knabe and Kid Gleason are greatly impressed. The 2008 World Series has become something that you might have seen in the dead ball era.

There have been six homers in this World Series, which is more than Tris Speaker might have seen in the early days of his career. But there also have been 10 stolen bases; two instances in which the Rays have scored twice in an inning via groundouts, sacrifice flies and throwing errors forced by aggressive base running; and, as Joe Buck noted near the end of the Game 3 broadcast, the only ball that reached the outfield in the game-winning rally by the Phillies came when an errant throw veered past second base.

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