Harrison Bader is now the St. Louis Cardinals’ most-tenured outfielder. In his current media session, he talked about what which means for him.
One of the vital essential intangibles to search for on any workforce will all the time be management. In baseball too, management can sink or float a complete group. And whereas they might not discuss it ceaselessly, the St. Louis Cardinals entrance brass has to have a pulse on the management group of the workforce as a part of their responsibility to domesticate a great workforce tradition.
On this present Cardinals workforce, there are many sturdy leaders. The previous guard of Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright are the primary two to come back to thoughts, however the brand new guard of Paul Goldschmidt, Jack Flaherty, and hopefully Nolan Arenado have additionally displayed management.
One place that I and different followers haven’t checked out as a supply of management has been the outfield. Nevertheless, it’s clear that on this place group, identical to most others, the management goes by a transition.
After Dexter Fowler was traded away earlier this month, Harrison Bader grew to become the longest-tenured Cardinals outfielder on the roster. Whereas the workforce might’ve introduced in a extra veteran presence to verify every part went nicely, they’ve held off thus far.
On this absence of management, it appears that evidently Bader is stepping up into the sneakers that Dexter Fowler stuffed right here. It was not often written about publicly, however Bader stated in his current media session that when he got here up, Fowler took him below his wing.
“He’s all the time been a optimistic affect on my profession on and off the sphere. He’s all the time had my again, he’s all the time taken time to exit of his option to give me any piece of knowledge whether or not it was associated to baseball or not.”
Realizing the standard of person who Dexter Fowler is, it’s not shocking to listen to that he was a pacesetter within the outfield, it’s simply shocking how little Fowler’s management had been talked about thus far.
Now, Bader needs to provide again. “I’ve a job to do, I’ve issues to arrange for and I’m going to go on the market and simply do my very best to be what Dex was to me to some youthful guys.” Bader has, at instances, been considered by the fanbase as a flippant showoff greater than an on-field performer.
On this management absence, he’s stepping up. “It’s only a matter of staying locked in, staying current, and simply being there in your teammates identical to Dex was for me.”
For a 26-year-old, that is some actually massive, mature speak. If there’s one factor Bader has proved, it’s that he doesn’t do something midway. Although Bader isn’t the right massive leaguer, he has the defensive acumen and the expertise to be a man that the youthful gamers within the outfield might be mentored by.
Bader is coming off his greatest offensive season in recent times, even when it was within the shortened season. He might’ve simply deflected accountability and brought an opportunity like this to speak about himself. As a substitute, followers acquired to see a really mature aspect of Bader that I don’t know if now we have seen earlier than.
On the finish of the day, Bader being an awesome presence within the clubhouse is one factor, however his producing on the sphere nonetheless has to occur. Maybe a renewed sense of satisfaction and accountability to be the lighthouse within the outfield may give him the arrogance he wants to point out the participant he was in 2020 was for actual. Bader’s management additionally has the possibility to assist the younger outfielders a ton. It’s a win-win.
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There may be that previous saying that the easiest way to be taught is to show another person, and it’ll be enjoyable to see what Bader can do that 12 months. Fowler’s management was undervalued but when Bader can come full circle with it, Fowler’s mark could have been made.