Chemistry. Culture. Atmosphere.
No matter which term you prefer, there’s something to be said about a group of guys that all mesh within the clubhouse.
Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports wrote in April that while having strong team chemistry is good, he thinks that there’s a stronger correlation between winning and talent rather than winning and good chemistry.
Calcaterra was responding to an article written by Paul White of USA Today about teams that want good chemistry within the clubhouse.
“In an era when advanced metrics ostensibly can determine a player’s exact value, many teams—to the chagrin of statistical analysts—still seek the elusive and nebulous intangibles that go beyond measure on-field contributions,” White wrote.
I have to agree with both journalists here. I don’t think a team that really jells is necessarily going to win the World Series, but I do think that it can help. There are several teams with a tight-knit group in the clubhouse this season and it’s time they get recognized for it.
Here are the top eight clubhouses in Major League Baseball.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus.