how do we think leadership/winner manifests itself in others, and how would we know?
It is likely the Twins know more than we ever will about culture and fit......but as fans, how do we judge that? That's an interesting conversation to me.
Also, what is the delta you are willing to tolerate? A great culture fit/mediocre player vs a mediocre culture fit/great player. Where do you draw the lines? those are kind of interesting....but since we have so little experience in their culture, it probably won't tell us much that is real.
We can't "know" much for certain, unless/until the local beat reporters start to let hints seep in to their reporting. Even then, you're right that it's not likely we'll know much about the clubhouse culture, good or bad.
And as I wrote earlier, the "fits with our culture" thing is not the most important factor in signing a guy. But, just hypothetically, if TR was trying to decide between signing Pelfrey and another veteran, back of the rotation, pitcher, knowing that Pelfrey has been a guy the young pitchers gravitate to and he fits well in your clubhouse is certainly a fair reason to bring him back rather than sign the other guy who you just don't know.
I think you originally asked whether it should matter to us as fans, since we can't really know much about the culture. I think it's appropriate to matter to us, so long as we don't pretend we know for sure how much of a factor it is with any particular player. At the very least, I think we should accept that it is a consideration. And it's also fair to be critical if it starts to look like it's too much of a consideration and the GM starts filling the roster with great guys who throw 85 mph fastballs or can't hit their weight.
Edited by Jim Crikket, 31 January 2014 - 08:41 AM.