Bagwell as leader? Bah. Humbug.
added 5/31/2001 by Steve Cutchen
"He's the boss, the silent leader most likely to help guide the team out of its recent stumble."
So is Jeff Bagwell an effective team leader?
I don't buy it. Quiet leadership is an oxymoron. Lead by not showing anybody up? No. That's not the point.
I think the clubhouse DOES need a vocal leader. Someone to lead the fun when the team is winning. Someone to express the frustration when things are down.
Bagwell (and Biggio for that matter) is the type of athlete that internalizes his excitement. And his frustration. He withdraws to a (hopefully) higher level of concentration. This is fine motivational method on an individual basis. But it is NOT leadership.
A leader's teammates need to see that the fire BURNS.
A leader gives strength.
I want some emotion. I want collaboration. I want a Casey Candaele on the team again. I need another Billy Spiers. Hell, I'll take another Larry Anderson!
I want to have a leader that doesn't mind going on the record when we're playing poorly. A guy that will inspire. That will console. That will incite...
Don't get me wrong. Jeff Bagwell is a great player. He has a chance to be the first Astro in the Hall of Fame. He is one of the best first basemen of all time and the best Astro ever.
But he is an individual contributor, not a team leader.
Leadership is not only about setting examples. It is about actively teaching and exhorting. There is a lot of parenting in leadership.
Tom Landry said. "Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do in order to achieve what they want to achieve."
Getting someone to do something is an active pursuit, not a passive one. It cannot be done just by taking care of your own business and setting a good example.
That's my knuckleball. Try to hit it.