Originally Posted by MartyFan
Right, and I think that is pretty much what I was saying in the post you responded to most recently.
He cannot be the centerpiece of any team...he has to be A PIECE...Especially though, with the Reds.
I think we should consider exactly what you're asking for though. The only players which come to mind as both the best player and clubhouse leader of a championship caliber team are David Ortiz and Albert Pujols. Perhaps Jeter circa 1999.
Expecting any player to serve in both capacities is quite a bit to ask. That most could not appreciate Dunn for what he could
provide saddens me.
It was not that Dunn could not lead the great talent around him. It's that there was little talent around for him to lead. We could easily argue that we'll never know what kind of leader Dunn could have been, both due to the lack of talent to lead and to his position as requisite 2nd fiddle to Junior.
I don't think we've had the opportunity to see whether or not Dunn could be the/a centerpiece. He was never given the chance, not by Reds management, certainly not by Reds announcers, and not by Reds fans.