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Jonathan Papelbon: Phillies lack leadership

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08:37 AM ET 02.22 | Roy Halladay wants to finish every game he starts. His counterpart, Jonathan Papelbon, seeks to close as many Phillies games as possible. Both are stubborn pitchers who excel at their specific crafts, and neither are changing their stances any time soon. There is one thing they're both in agreement on: the Phillies must change how they approach the 2013 season Immediately. Halladay, who has more complete games than any active pitcher (66) but has yet to pitch in a World Series, is desperate for a team that plays with more urgency. Papelbon, owner of a World Series ring, pointed to the importance of leadership being in place long before the club's time in Clearwater ends. They agree that without those two aspects, the Phillies will not succeed in returning to the top of the National League East. "I think we're capable of greatness," Papelbon told The Morning Call on Wednesday. "I think we're capable of a world championship. I really, truly believe that. But the biggest key for us is that we're going to have to find our identity, and we're going to have to find our identity quick." And find some leadership issue. It's something that's been irking Papelbon for a while. "Since I've been here I haven't seen any leadership," he said.

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February 22, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Both Papelbon and Hallady are yammering for leadership. When asked who is going to lead, both reply: "Don't look at me"

February 22, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Shane Victorino!
No... wait...
He's a red sock now.

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February 22, 2013  09:20 AM ET

A slap in the face of manager Charlie Manuel, but the leader on the team is simple, winning enough ball games to get you into the playoffs.

February 22, 2013  09:26 AM ET

This leadership BS is so overblown. Most of the players on this team are highly paid veterans who should be leading by the way they play on the field.

February 22, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Both Papelbon and Hallady are yammering for leadership. When asked who is going to lead, both reply: "Don't look at me"

exactly

February 22, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This leadership BS is so overblown. Most of the players on this team are highly paid veterans who should be leading by the way they play on the field.

Exactly - Papaloverblown - should step up to the plate then. Lead by example in the clubhouse as well as the mound....

February 22, 2013  10:03 AM ET

Halladay should take the inisiative and show some leadership in the team,,papellon still lacks on discipline and needs to improve in his baseball knowledge,,,,

February 22, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Papelbon seems to do a lot of talking for somebody that pitches so little.

February 22, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Papelbon's act is going to wear out pretty quick in Philly. Their window is closed and things like this are just going to stick out all the more

i think papellon its only mouth,but if things get seriously in his favor?? he would likely turn his face to the other way,,,,,,

February 22, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Shane Victorino!No... wait...He's a red sock now.

but but the phillies do have Utley/Howard/Young/Cliff lee/Hamels/

February 22, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

but but the phillies do have Utley/Howard/Young/Cliff lee/Hamels/

As a Phillies fan, those players you just named are among the least likely I'd consider to step up as leaders....

He's right. This team lacks the spark needed to start the fire under their **** that can carry them to another WFC year. Rollins is the self-proclaimed leader, but has failed to do what's in the best interest of the team for the past 3 or 4 years. They have the talent, even with thier advanced age, but they lack the collective drive.

February 22, 2013  10:36 AM ET

Someone should mention to Papelbon that a leader doesn't go to the media and gripe about his own team....

February 22, 2013  10:38 AM ET

Maybe Papelbon should SHOW some leadership.

February 22, 2013  10:38 AM ET

"THERE'S the Paps we remember!"

- Every Red Sox fan

February 22, 2013  10:51 AM ET

Great way to get your teammates to like you by throwing them all under the bus saying nobody is a leader. Of course, Jonathan, you COULD always quit complaining that you don't have one and step up to the plate yourself!!

February 22, 2013  10:55 AM ET

Where to play rolen?? he mess up his own opportunities the dodgers were offering him a one year contract, a contract that rolen refuse go figure!!!

February 22, 2013  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Maybe Papelbon should SHOW some leadership.

or maybe try the leadership,,who knows? it may work at the end!!!

February 22, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Someone should mention to Papelbon that a leader doesn't go to the media and gripe about his own team....

right, he needs to work together with his own team and trying to find a solution unstead start a missunderstandings,,,,

 
February 22, 2013  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Someone should mention to Papelbon that a leader doesn't go to the media and gripe about his own team....

THAT is a great point.

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