Originally Posted by RedEye
I guess I just don't think a baseball team is about the "leaders" or about the "centerpiece." It's about the total talent of the team, 99 out of 100 times. Dunn and Junior could have been the best leaders in the history of the sport and this team probably still wouldn't have won baseball games. That means they are also NOT to blame for the losing. We should wish them well on their new teams. The Reds will have a difficult time scoring without them.
Leadership takes many forms. It can be silent or overt. And I don't think you have to have a vocal leader in order to be a successful team.
But as you said, it takes talent, plain and simple. And those talented players have to be more concerned about the team than their own egos.
I also agree about the Reds scoring potential for the rest of the year. They've substantially weakened their ability to get runs across the plate.