Good article run by USA Today in August about the importance of chemistry in baseball. The author points out several teams who have outperformed preseason expectations and attributes at least a part of their success to the culture existing in each clubhouse. Influenced by my boss, I frankly think chemistry is a bit overrated and is a concept often bent by the media to fit a particular narrative, but there is something to be said about the atmosphere of accountability/mutual respect within a locker room and the positive on-field effects it can have.
“Every team goes through ups and downs, and I think with a better clubhouse and with better character, that allows you to handle the downs a lot. That’s the separator. So rather than the floor caving in on you, you stay afloat.