WiscTribeFan wrote:Larvell Blanks wrote:^ gimme a team full of Albert Belle's b/c at least I know my team's gonna compete day in and day out. At least I know it would have legit big league talent. Sure it'd be full of asshole's but they'd be our asshole's.
I don't think a team full of Belle's would actually do all that well. Think about those teams. You had one guy that everyone had to walk on eggshells around, especially after he did poorly in Belle. To counter that, you had some mellow guys like Thome and Sorrento, a clueless guy in Manny, some prankster types in Omar and Baerga. Those teams had the perfect mix of elite talent and personalities. Heavy emphasis on elite talent.
What we saw in those days was very, very special and very, very unique. A team full of high maintenance asshole types would implode at some point, IMHO.
Meh.... Belle was a reformed drunk and a ticking timebomb, Lofton was a prickly, arrogant, petulant player, Baerga liked his booze and blow (allegedly), Omar was banging everyone but his wife, Robbie Alomar spit in an umpire's face, etc., etc.
But Hannahan, Kotchman and Duncan are good dudes by all accounts. So we have that.
And even if that's the guy you want, there are those like Thome, Matt Williams, Marquis Grissom and Fryman.
Find me 15 guys in this entire organization that are or will soon be above average major league players and I'll eat my hat.