Originally Posted by dougdirt
This is freaking a perfect example. The mid 80's Reds and the 2009 Reds are perfect examples. What some people want to write off as "Pete Rose/Scott Rolen" others want to point out outstanding young talent getting older and in turn, performing better because that is what young guys do. That those guys just happened to come in at the right time to benefit from that talent coming to fruition.
In most cases, such as the mid-80s Reds, I'd agree with you (though that team initially got better thanks to a vet infusion - Parker, Rose, Perez, Diaz, Bell - and the youth came later).
However, the Reds were dead in the water on Aug. 22, 2009 and came to life on Aug. 23, 2009. The switch flicked on the moment he settled into the lineup.
It's not because of any magical powers he possessed. Rolen solidified the middle of the lineup and the infield defense. Perfect addition. Jocketty played his cards exactly right, so right that we literally can trace it to a specific date when it all came together.