Brad's Blog - 10/23/13
So I guess chemistry matters. Walt Jocketty thinks so. Bob Castellini does, too. Mike Leake said chemistry was missing in the clubhouse. Bronson Arroyo knew it too.
Dusty Baker begged for leaders to step up at the All-Star break. It never happened. In the end, Dusty was let go because he wasn't able to cultivate it or compensate for the lack of it.
Bryan Price said he wants to "unite" this team. He must believe unity was lacking.
Multiple players talked to me at different times during the season about the "cliques" that formed in the clubhouse. It's easy to tell who's "all-in" with the team, and who's "all about me." Price knows who those guys are. Some he will have to keep and adjust their attitudes. Some will have to go, because those above Price are tired of trying to adjust their attitudes.
Not all of the moves about to be made will make fans happy. I know thats a shocker. Price said he wants to create an atmosphere of firey competition. One of relentless desire not just to compete, but to win. He wants the label on his team to be: no one wants to play the Reds. Moves will be made. Some will be made for fiscal reasons. Some will be made for chemistry.
Don't believe me? That would not be a shocker.