When the Braves signed Terry Pendelton and Sid Bream before the 1991 season........did most laugh and say...."Yeah right....like that is going to help."
Both were OBP deficient and power deficient in power positions......Terry found new life....Bream was not that good....but they were both credited with bringing "winning type" attitudes and "will to win" type mentality to an org. that had been WAY worse than this org. I mean....bengal type bad.
Of course...it helped to have 3 great starters in Smoltz, Glavine and Avery that year....and even Liebrandt was very good.
BUT without Terry for sure.....that team does not turn into a winner...just like that.
The Braves were a very good offensive and come from behind team that year......the seeds were layed for the type of Braves team that ruled the NL for the rest of that decade.
A combo of good players......along with "winning at all costs" mentality is what seperates division and WS winners.....from those other talented but unable to really win games type teams.