Not really, but someone like him. This 2007 Reds team is no less on talent than the 1999 "Surprise" Reds were, IMO. The difference between that 1999 team, and every team since, was the presence of Mr. Vaughn.
Players mentioned back then that Greg Vaughn was the clubhouse leader on the team. He came over from from the Padres, ostensibly for Reggie Sanders, that year, and made it known that he wasn't going to accept losing. Nearly every interview we heard, players were singing the laurels of Mr. Vaughn.
So, what happened between then and now? Vaughn was allowed to leave and go to the Devil Rays as a free agent. Mike Cameron and Brett Tomko were dealt to the Mariners in the deal for Ken Griffey Jr. Junior is a helluva player, among my favorites of all time, but he's not a clubhouse leader. His personality doesn't let him be that guy to get in other players' faces and motivate them to play better.
The young kids who've come up through the system in the years between then and now, Dunn and Kearns chief among them, have not had a teammate in that locker room who has made it clear that losing isn't acceptable, and losing has become the cultural norm for the Cincinnati Reds ballclub.
For all of those who say that the make-up of a team doesn't matter, I offer exhibit A. Greg Vaughn, clubhouse leader, and considered by his peers as the driving force that led the 1999 Reds to within 1 game of the playoffs.
This team needs an enema in that locker room, someone like Greg Vaughn to come in and say we're better than this, and we're not going to accept losing anymore. If we lose, get angry and go back out there tomorrow, and let yesterday's loss drive you to want victory today that much more.
There's 25 guys in that locker room, and 25 different personalities. I think it'd really help if just one of those personalities was a little bit more like Greg Vaughn.