Jonathan Papelbon stands by his comments that the Phillies lacked leadership in 2012, and he believes he was one of the people who came up short in that area. “It was an all-around leadership void, from A to Z,” Papelbon said Friday at Phillies camp. “As far as the bullpen goes, I lacked a lot of leadership last year. I could have stepped up and done some things different to help lead them and maybe the bumps and bruises wouldn’t have been so bad for our bullpen. “I intend to make that change this year and I hope that other guys on this team feel the same way I do.” Papelbon’s first comments about a lack of leadership were reported by the Allentown Morning Call. “Since I’ve been here I haven’t seen any leadership,” Papelbon told the paper. On Friday, Papelbon said: “I don’t say anything that’s not accurate.” Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies before last season, indicated that injuries and clubhouse turnover were part of the reason for the void in leadership and team identity. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard missed most of the first three months of the season and Roy Halladay spent seven weeks on the disabled list. The Phillies got off to a bad start – they were 37-50 at the all-star break – and never recovered in missing the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Papelbon looks for leadership from himself, mates
CSN Philly | Feb 23