Srliool of Manugenroni. B&dk Lhiwrsiiy. X Aslihurion Place. Busion. MA 02IOX. U.S.A Introduction Let us begin with a baseball story. In 1986 the Boston Red Sox recruited an aging slugger named Don Baylor. It was clearly a short-term arrangement, the club wanted an experienced right-handed hitter, in return for which Baylor was offered a one-year contract and expected to be a relatively minor contributor. Baylor, however, did more than expected. Claiming respect from both senior and junior players, he quickly impressed his experience and personality upon the team. It was Baylor who initiatcd a âkangaroo courtâ whereby players sat in judgement of their team-matesâ errors in the field. and imposed escalating fines for repeat offenders. Players took their self-disciplineseriously, but inevitably in good spirit. With Baylor as informal leader, the Boston Red Sox made it to the âWorld Seriesâ, and entered the final inning of the prospectively decisive - for Boston - - sixth game with a two-run lead. At this point many saw a clear opportunity to bring Baylor into the game, to capitalize on his right-handed hitting skills against a left-handed pitcher. In turn, Baylor could have been replaced by a specialist defensive player for the
Journal of Organizational Behavior – Wiley
Published: Jul 1, 1994
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