Originally Posted by WebScorpion
Unless of course, you happen to have a whole slew of young players who can benefit from a living example of how to be a professional and what it takes to get to the post-season and win. Like Barry Larkin, Rolen is known to work as hard on his defense as he does on his offense...if a guy who plays defense that well is still constantly working to improve it, that says something.
Two seasons of that living example may pay dividends for a decade.
I keep hearing this about Rolen, but looking back here is what I see:
1. Wear out the welcome in Philly - force a trade.
2. Pout and feud publicly with the Manager in St. Louis - force a trade.
3. Whine about being homesick in Toronto - force a trade.
Rolen brings great defense at 3B with a competent (but no longer game changing) bat. Maybe his leadership is great as well but other than hearing people repeat it all the time the evidence suggests that he has a selfish darkside. If this was about leadership, there were plenty of choices that didn't cost the team its top pitching prospect and eat up the rest of its payflex. I hope Rolen can stay on the field because his offense and defense combo helps the team and the cost was tremendous.