Re: Junior's Importance
I agree. The one you forgot to mention is Hatte. He has spent a lot of time hitting at #2 with Griffey at #3. Hatte has had his best season. Coincidence?
Every line-up has main guys and role players. Some role players end up being superstars but they make their living by not being the guy that pitchers pitch around. Bobby Bonilla when he was on the Pirates is a good example. Everyone thought he was a major force in that line-up in the early 90s. But when separated from Bonds, Bonilla regressed and Bonds (the lean, clean one) still thrived. In the Cincinnati Line-up, Jr still appears to be that guy.