Originally Posted by BCubb2003
I admit to assuming Rolen would be more of the same, but he actually made a difference. I always wonder, though: How many do you need at one time?
You hit on a key point there, and one that speaks to the complexity of the intangibles issue. There are no blacks and whites. A player like Rolen is bound to have a different effect on one team than he will have on another, depending on their respective compositions. Along the same lines, a team can sometimes have too many
leader types if, in fact, there aren't that many players on the club who actually need leading. The leader's assets, in effect, are squandered. That goes to what I classify as chemistry, which is not, as so many people believe, a matter of everybody getting along in a kumbaya kind of way, but one of everybody's talents and styles complementing each other to the fullest effect.