It was obvious that the next one to head the Rays pitching rotation would be David Price after veteran pitcher James Shields was traded. On Tuesday, manager Joe Maddon was asked about David Price as a leader.
“Even though he’s got Cy in his bedroom now, I don’t want him to change anything. I just want him to be himself,” Maddon said. “He’ll continue to grow. That’s the thing about growth: you can’t force it, you can’t force leadership.”
Price has demonstrated leadership ability in the past with his performances and has always spoken like a true leader. “It’s an open door policy here,” said Price after being asked about taking on the leadership role. “Everyone here knows that if they have any questions about anything, they can ask anybody. That’s why we have the success that we do have.”
And success from the starting pitching is still expected. Although Shields is gone, the rotation will still consist of at least four that have already proven themselves in the majors. As for that fifth spot in the rotation, four are expected to battle it out to earn it.
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