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?
Different people respond differently to different leaders.
As others said, some players respond more positively when a future HOF like Rolen comes in (someone they watched as a kid) and practices what he preaches. Dusty's last big season was 1982, and I think he retired after 86.
Many of the Reds's players weren't even born when Dusty was playing.. so having an old man say "This is how we did it.." isn't as effective as seeing Rolen actually do it..
I've seen it in non-sports areas in life too. We all have. Some people have a gift to come into a job and get everyone a lot more motivated. I don't have that gift
, but I've seen it happen. People can often relate to a leader that does it by example. Dusty can't come into a game and go from 1st to 3rd on a single, obviously..
Edit: I'd also like to say, in an ideal world, everyone gives 100% at their job.. However, that's not reality.. Heck, most of us are on Redszone during the working day, so we aren't maxing our worktime WAR. Numerous reasons why people slip to giving 70% or less.. Ballplayers are human, just like us.