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October 1, 2001
The Week in Quotes
"I think the decisions we made to enhance this ballpark were good ones. It's
going to make this ballpark stand the test of time. We did some things we
probably didn't have to do. That's money we're not going to have. Next year,
I know we're not going to have cost overruns."
"It's just hard to judge him on how he's done given the injuries we've had.
I think it's almost impossible. I think we need to give him a healthy team
before we give him a report card."
"We need to be patient, allow him to get some innings under his belt. It's
like left-handed power hitters. They're slow to come around sometimes for
whatever reason. This young man has thrown flashes of being pretty good.
Other times, he's shown a lot of inconsistency."
"We're not playing just to lose baseball games here. We're not playing to
lose. We've had some unusual things happen ...unfortunate things as far as
the disabled list."
"If I could put all our players on the field who've been on the disabled
list, we would have a much different take on the results this season. It
would be the same as having an eight-cylinder engine running on three or
"If you play as a team and win as a team and lose as a team, you score the
runs as a team. Maybe I'm the one that gets the number that goes with the
record, but the team is most important."
"If we were winning and in first place. I would tell you that everyone has
my support. Period. This year, you have to take all of the pieces and
examine them. I didn't mean that only Tony Muser is a concern. I think Tony
Muser has done a good job. I think Tony Muser is a good man. I may be the
reason we're 58-92. Nothing has been decided, but we're going to meet and
talk about it."
"The people of Kansas City will support the Royals when they believe we are
doing everything we can to put a competitive team on the field. You just
can't sit and wait for that to happen. You have to be proactive."
"I think [Jimmy Rollins is] going to walk even more next season. He's done a
great job. The one thing he has to do--and he's even said something to
me--is as a switch-hitter, he strikes out too much. But I think the more he
plays, the more he'll understand the strike zone."
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