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April 20, 1998

The Week in Quotes

April 13-19

by Dennis Cleary

CATCHERS

"I would have to think that if you put a risk-factor on a position, pitchers would be the highest risk and catchers would be the next highest risk."
-- Bob Melvin, Rangers GM

"I think Peter Gammons said one knee was bone on bone. That's the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard."
-- Mike Piazza, Dodgers catcher

THOSE WACKY ORIOLES

"The book says you've got to run through the bag because it's quicker. I don't know anybody who's proved that. I think if it's a bang-bang play, you might get the call for effort."
-- Ray Miller, Orioles manager, on sliding into first

"I've hit the ball well. Unfortunately, there are guys out there who catch them. But if I continue to have quality at-bats, good things are going to happen."
-- Mike Bordick, Orioles infielder

"I was disappointed that they wanted to give the [shortstop] job to Benji Gil. I've been playing better than Benji Gil my whole career."
-- Ozzie Guillen, Orioles infielder

COORS FIELD

"I really believe half the thing about pitching in [Coors Field] is that a lot of pitchers psyche themselves out before they get here, and I admit I used to be one of those guys."
-- Denny Neagle, Braves pitcher

"[Coors Field] is one of the best places to hit, not just because of the altitude but also because of the background and the dimensions. I've had a few good games here."
-- Greg Colbrunn, Rockies infielder

INSIDE HEAT

"[Randy Johnson's] been throwing at me since '92. A lot of guys laugh about it, but it's not funny."
-- Kenny Lofton, Indians outfielder

"If you're going to talk trash to our team, we're going to retaliate. Sometimes you have to stand up to the bully."
-- Alex Rodriguez, Mariners infielder

THE REST

"Right now you could call us a contender."
-- Fred McGriff, Devil Rays infielder

"I'm thinking, seriously, of having relief pitchers start games. And having the starter for that day come in in relief about the third inning. Really, what do we have to lose? We're losing anyway and I, for one, am sick and tired of it."
-- Lou Piniella, Mariners manager

"We haven't seen Vince Coleman since spring training. We have to send scouts to see him first, and even when they see him for themselves, we have to discuss it further, you know, does it make sense? And that part of it has yet to happen."
-- Joe Garagiola Jr., Diamondbacks GM

"I'm not in a battle with the front office. The fight is against the team we're playing out there."
-- Mo Vaughn, Red Sox infielder

"I love the Yankees. I love the Mets. I love baseball. But I will not go to a game because major league teams played on Good Friday."
-- John O'Connor, archbishop of New York

"Ben [Grieve] is one of those rare players who figures things out once he's faced someone two or three times, and his gait is very deceiving. He's a special kid, and a special player."
-- Denny Walling, A's hitting coach

"It was a good thing no one was in the stands at Yankee Stadium when the 500-pound beam fell. Someone would have stolen it."
-- Craig Kilborn, talk show host

"Every team goes through a stretch like this during the season. It's important, when you've played 11 games of 162, that you put it in perspective and play better tomorrow."
-- Buddy Bell, Tigers manager, on his team's 3-8 start

"I know my elbow incredibly well."
-- Mark Langston, Padres pitcher

"I don't want to be the bad guy, and I hope people understand my situation. The Braves gave $24 million to me, and [the Rockies] didn't want to. But whoever they gave that much money to, I think I put up better numbers than they did, and they gave it to them. I don't know why they didn't want to give it to me."
-- Andres Galarraga, Braves infielder

"I thought our pitching staff would be our secret weapon. I thought we had a good staff. I still think this is a quality staff."
-- Mike Lansing, Rockies infielder

"It is disappointing. Our offense is very, very inconsistent. We don't know what's going on from day to day. They're professional hitters. They should be producing. It's hard to know what they're thinking."
-- Tim Johnson, Blue Jays manager

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