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The Yoke of Leadership

Without being in the D-backs organization and knowing who said what, when they said it, why they said it and how much those decisions cost the organization — both in athletic currency and dollars and cents — it’s difficult to know how the D-backs might proceed. But, unfortunately, somebody is going to have to pay for this mess…and I blame the players.

Sorry, Martin Prado, but you have got to field that grounder…and 5 errors already? All apologies Trevor Cahill, but the only area you have been consistent is in your inconsistency. Sorry, Aaron Hill, but .209 is not going to cut it…

When it comes to assigning blame to the D-backs debacle, I blame the guys that are between the white lines; they’re all not getting it done and I would wager these guys would be the first ones to tell you that. Hopefully.

As a former player, the notion of blaming a coach or general manager for my performance makes me want to projectile vomit. I would never blame my coach/manager for my poor performance. It’s a craven way to live: blame others for my failings!

And I wonder who the leaders are in the clubhouse? Who is stepping up? Who is playing well? Who is playing well and offering a dead-level stare at his teammates? Who is challenging their teammates to figurative (or literal) fight?

There is only one player that meets the criteria of leading the Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt. He’s playing well despite the malaise around him; he is recognized as the organization’s best player; he has the diamond-cred to speak up.

With great power comes great responsibility…even if you’re a great guy.