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Recent World Series winners had good chemistry

The last five World Series champions must have had chemistry in mind when building a contending roster. Each winner had at least three “glue guys” who handled their responsibilities on the field and in the clubhouse.

Having a few 40-somethings around can’t help but keep a team even-keeled, and Jamie Moyer (45) was nearly twice as old as the young lefty he helped mentor, Cole Hamels. Forty-one-year-old Matt Stairs was a valuable weapon off the bench (.469 slugging) and against righties (.360 OBP). And a real Phillies favorite was Chris Coste, the memoir-writing backup catcher who at age 36 had his best offensive season with nine homers, all coming in the 69 games he started.

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