Originally Posted by dougdirt
Honest question, what kind of magic teaching do you think Scott Rolen has that Dusty Baker, Brook Jacoby, Bryan Price and Mack Jenkins don't have? Scott Rolen doesn't have some secret that those guys don't know about in teaching the game. Leadership by example? Sure, I can buy that to a small extent. But do you really think Rolen significantly, or even slightly altered the skillset of any of the Reds players that no one else was going to be able to do? And if so, what makes you believe that?
For one he's a player and is teaching by example, not by lecturing or showing... example.
Often overlooked is the ability for messages to be gathered via osmosis in a professional 1 to 1 relationship, players tend to listen to other players more and teaching is not solely confined to the field,it's the clubhouse, the plane, the bus the dugout.
Hod Eller said in 1920 that he learned more in 5 minutes about pitching from Slim Sallee than he had learned his whole life. Read any interview with players after they retired and you hear time and time again about small things that they picked up from guys they played with.
It's not a myth it's a reality that is not logged and tracked and posted on the web, it's life experience and the ones who generally poo poo it have little of it.