LADY AT THE BAT: Alex Rodriguez: Team Leader?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Alex Rodriguez: Team Leader?

Position players who haven't already done so will report to camp today.  Then it begins: tomorrow will be the first full squad Spring Training workout for the 2015 New York Yankees.

It goes without saying that this team is leaderless at the moment. Hopefully a leader, or leaders, will eventually emerge, rather than one being anointed right away.  Several people could end up grabbing the reigns. It sounds as if at least one person wants to make an attempt to do just that: Alex Rodriguez.

According to Yankees.com, when he was asked about taking a leadership role with the team, A-Rod said, "I've been around a long time and I've seen a lot of things. If guys want to ask questions, I love talking baseball, and you guys know that better than anyone. I love the game and I love to talk it. Whoever needs my help, I'm available."

If I had been consuming a beverage while reading that, I'd have spit it all over myself.  A-Rod, a team leader? Come on. He's "seen a lot of things?" Not as many things as he's done.

But then I thought about it some more.

Alex Rodriguez has always been a mentor to young players, ever since his days with the Texas Rangers.  His generosity to them might be second-to-none.  Didi Gregorius is already calling A-Rod a "great teammate."

I guess it comes down to the fact that ballplayers are professionals, and they know talent when they see it.  Despite any PED use, they are able to see--better than the average fan--whether or not a player deserves the title of "leader."  Don't be surprised if they decide that Alex Rodriguez deserves it.

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