Every player, no matter what his age, will tell you that he would rather start. Most often, a player's age will keep him on the bench. Every so often, a player's versatility and ability to perform in the clutch will make him a more valuable asset coming off the bench in the late innings.
In either case, a player's leadership abilities will also serve as a tremendous asset. Let's take a look at who these unsung heroes are, what makes them so valuable and who they play for.