Thread: Shanny, Part II
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04-22-2007, 07:23 PM
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leadership may not always lead to direct victories, but there are few in professional sports who would deny it exists. While it's tough to take what everyone says at face value, I'm going under the assumption that Shanny was a positive influence on this team and that he will be a positive influence on any kids that may come through the system. You can point to the team taking off post-Shanny (as if somehow holding Henke back, who was a primary reason for the surge, among others), but this team also wiped up in the first round, which it couldn't do last season. I'm not going to say he's the reason, but if one can say the team surged without him, then one can say that it surged with him. So to me, that's a wash, and as I mentioned, I'm going on good faith that this guy will be a positive influence and that leadership means something. $4MM? I dunno - gotta see where the cap is, where other players are, and what the budget is.

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