Most important figure for each team as second-half begins
On Opening Day every club can dream of the playoffs. The same cannot be said for the start of the season's second half. As the All-Star break concludes, 17 teams remain with five games of a playoff berth, while the other 13 are just about all planning for 2011 already.
Thus, the stakes of the second-half are different for each franchise. Some teams have the urgency to win every year (Red Sox and Yankees, for example); some are in win-at-all-costs mode this year (Braves and Rangers, given their recent trades); others hope to win this year but won't mortgage the future to do it (seemingly the Reds and Twins, among others); there are those unsure of their plans but should probably sell (the Brewers come to mind); and a host of teams in a full-fledged rebuilding stage (Orioles, Pirates, etc.).
With different goals in mind, each team will look to someone very different as its most important person of the second half. Here is each club's most important figure for the rest of the season: