The road to success begins with youth

Young players at the heart of any sustained run of good fortune

Originally Published: April 1, 2009
By Peter Gammons | ESPN

Click your TiVo back to last October and the League Championship Series.

There were the league champions. The Phillies were built on layers of the scouting and development acumen of people like former assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle: Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz, Cole Hamels, Brett Myers and Ryan Madson. And because they also developed Michael Bourn, they had that Brad Lidge Wall.

The Rays were also built on drafting players, ...

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