"What," you are asking, "is the "Joe Hardy Syndrome?""
I would best describe it as a mythical circumstance in
which the arrival of one single ballplayer on a team
suddenly changes the rest of the roster into much
better players. The name is taken from the lead
character in "Damn Yankees." Hardy, an older man
transformed into a superstar slugger by Old Scratch
himself in exchange for his soul, shows up on the
Washington Senators roster and almost immediately
makes the rest of the team better.
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