The big baseball news* of the past 24 hours is the Reds’ signing of Aroldis Chapman, but Jorge Arangure last week brought up the idea that the Yankees might not have been in the Chapman sweepstakes because of concerns about his makeup. I can’t say one way or the other about Chapman’s makeup, but Arangure does bring up an interesting idea about the Yankees roster.
What role does character play is building a winning team?
The Yankees seem to have gone out of their way to add high-character players. They signed CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira last season. They traded for Curtis Granderson and Javier Vazquez this winter. I don’t know that there’s a way to quantify the impact of player personalities — Nick Swisher’s laid back attitude, Derek Jeter’s ability to stay cool under pressure — but those intangibles must play some role.
What do you think? Do the players’ personalities affect the team as a whole? Does that make a difference when chasing a championship?
* The big non-baseball story of the weekend was the possibility of a Derek Jeter wedding. Maybe it’s going to happen. Maybe not. It’s not something I get too worked up about, but feel free to discuss.