Originally Posted by Yachtzee
I don't think anyone has ever said that. I'm sure everyone here would agree that Roger Clemens would be a great asset, and he's quite old for a ballplayer. The problem with "veteran presence" is that it often results in acquiring players like Tony Womack and Royce Clayton and giving them extended playing time, or signing Juan Castro to an extension. But if you can get a veteran ballplayer who can still produce and provide much needed guidance to young players, that's a good pickup. Of course, all this talk that the club needs "veteran presence" makes it sound like the Reds are fielding a team of rookies. There's a lot of veteran presence on the team already. What it lacks is the presence of talent, particularly in the bullpen pitching department.
Good explanation. What I hear a lot is that the Reds - and it's not just the Reds but other teams as well - need that veteranly goodness to show the young players the ropes. Now that doesn't necessarily limit itself to baseball but also to life in general. And I think that's a good thing. But eventually these young players are going to have 3, 4, 5 years in the majors and they shouldn't need a veteran to show them the ropes anymore. In fact they
should be the ones showing the younger (than themselves) players the ropes.
A lot of the time gms use veteran players as a crutch because they don't trust younger players. Some managers are like that too. They will bring in and use veterans because they have done it before and they might just do it again. GMs are rarely castigated by the press for bringing in veteran players. When they bring in younger players and they fail is when they get criticized. You look at the Braves. They decided to go with youth to fill their needs a couple of years ago. While they didn't win a division title last year, as seems to be their custom, the players they brought in have by and large succeeded. And Scherholz and Cox have been around the block a few times themselves. No one would bat an eye if they had decided to go with veterans over youth.