zambonir, surely, six leaders (Harper, Realmuto, Nola, Wheeler, McCutchen and Giradi) are sufficient for a squad this size. I don't think the Phillies need more leaders; rather, the Phillies need players who behave responsibly. Of course, a player can be perceived as a leader AND still be an irresponsible prat. At the moment, I fear that the Club's concept of team leadership is premised as much upon the size of players' contracts and performance, as it is upon their conduct on and off the the field.
Frankly, if Cutch is a great fella, a leader and fully vaccinated, then why should he be expected to continue to work in a seriously unhealthy environment. As much as I'd like to see him continue performing at this level for the Phillies, I first want management to purge every player who refuses to get vaccinated. Mind you, other clubs may be reluctant to admit "an irresponsible prat" into their squads, no matter how good or how much of a contract the Phillies are prepared to cover.
Perhaps management can't immediately trade all the anti-vaxxers; however, all five players listed above must be vaccinated. Or, they sit it out. A chat with their agents may be necessary. Middleton must then make clear that players will only be retained on the 40-man roster for next season, if they are vaccinated.
Otherwise, this cycle of players disappearing regularly onto the COVID-IL will continue into next season, and the culture of mediocrity will persist for years.