Team chemistry is either underrated or overrated, depending on your view.
It is important, but if it doesn’t come with talent, opportunity, and commitment, it probably won’t mean anything.
Fortunately for the Philadelphia Phillies, their roster is both close and talented.
We got to see it in their surprising postseason run that delivered a World Series appearance.
Newcomer Trea Turner, who signed an 11-year, $300 million contract to join the NL champs, noticed that team chemistry wasn’t an issue in Philadelphia.
In his first few words as a Phillie, Turner praised the tight bond existing between Phillies players, who were seen supporting their teammates in almost every imaginable way in the Wild Card series, the Division Series, the Championship Series, and the Fall Classic.
This group is special pic.twitter.com/wot32TimTT
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) December 9, 2022
These players rallied behind a loyal fan base and a packed stadium every time they played at home.
Teammates relied on each other, and while there isn’t evidence that helps win championships, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
Turner Will Now Live It
Turner will now experience it all from within.
He will take his considerable skills to an already great lineup and a top notch clubhouse.
The former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop hit .298 with 21 home runs, 101 runs scored, and 100 RBI.
He also stole 27 bases and is capable of approaching 40 if the Phillies give him the green light.
While the contract is a little on the long side and the Phillies will probably pay for some rough years when Turner is pushing 40, they badly needed a shortstop and Turner is probably the best one in a loaded free agent class.
That will be tough to navigate for opposing pitchers.