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Baseball Captains. Why?

Old 05-10-04, 12:27 PM
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Baseball Captains. Why?

There was an article in one of today's Boston papers saying that Jason Varitek should be named the captain of the Red Sox. Why is there suddenly a big thing about having a baseball captain? What do they do? I realize baseball captains arent new, but why are they making a comeback? It seems stupid to me.
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Old 05-10-04, 12:38 PM
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It's symbolic. Nothing wrong with that.
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Tradition? Its not like every team has always had a captain. The Red Sox havent had a captain in almost 20 years. Why start now?
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It also is supposed to create some leadership and make more of a team atmosphere. Whether it does or doesn't is another question.
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In hockey, the Captain is BY RULE the only person on the team who has the privilege of discussing with the Referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game. Each team may also appoint up to two "Alternate" Captains who shall be accorded teh privleges of Captain should the Captain not be on the ice.

I know of no parallel rule in baseball. What I want to know is why the manager wears a uniform.
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Yeah, i dont see a point to having a captain in baseball as there isn't as much leadership duties as say... Hockey or even Basketball. It is a nice honor though.
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Old 05-10-04, 06:45 PM
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So they can get a cool pin at the end of the year to wear on their letterman's jackets

Seriously though, there's no real point. Baseball has pretty little chemistry and actual teamwork anyways. Just seems like pointless PR and titles
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Baseball has pretty little chemistry and actual teamwork anyways.
You're kidding, right?

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Old 05-10-04, 11:16 PM
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Originally posted by dick_grayson
It also is supposed to create some leadership and make more of a team atmosphere. Whether it does or doesn't is another question.
Well I for one think it does. Just look at the Texas Rangers: in February they appoint Alex Rodriguez Captain and look how well they've played so far this season!
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Well I for one think it does. Just look at the Texas Rangers: in February they appoint Alex Rodriguez Captain and look how well they've played so far this season!
he captained his ship (bank account) right out of there.
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It may be a tradition, but I never really understood the concept of a baseball captain - at least in the pros.
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You're kidding, right?

I kid you not. One goes and hits individually, basically fields individually. The only even remotely team aspects are things like the hit and run and double play. It doesn't really matter if you hate the guy next to you. Just be a professional and do your job. Look at San Fran with Bonds and Kent. People talk about the players the Yankees got as being bad seed like Brown, Sheffield, and Lofton. And look at all the winning teams they've been on.

Bseball is just a series of individual acts. Chemistry is virtually meaningless and talent and performance are all that really matter.
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Bseball is just a series of individual acts. Chemistry is virtually meaningless and talent and performance are all that really matter.

I agree for the most part. This is magnified when you compare it to other team sports.
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