Re: Jocketty: Rolen will not be attending Reds' camp
I wish nothing but the best for Rolen and hope to see him in Cooperstown 5 years after he retires. I know that people worry about what the other players will do without him in the clubhouse since he was such a strong influence. We've heard this time and again over the last decade or so regarding players like Larkin and Griffey and to lesser extents, Dunn, Aurelia, Casey, Cabrera, Hatteberg and a few others who were believed to be influential in the clubhouse. I don't doubt that some, if not all, of these players had a great deal of positive influence on their younger peers. However, eventually you have to cut the cord. If these guys are so influential in a positive way, then the younger players should have learned their lessons and influence the current younger players in the way they were influenced. If that doesn't happen, perhaps those older players weren't that influential after all. Hopefully Votto, Bruce, Phillips, Cueto, Marshall and Arroyo have learned their lessons well and are going to do the same to guys like Frazier, Cozart, Latos, Bailey and others.