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February 14, 2011
The Week in Quotes
A PROUD SUCCESS STORY OF THE MINOR LEAGUE DRUG-TESTING PROGRAM
"Sometimes I smoked before the home games or whatever, but only in the big leagues. I was just going along with the motions, started being myself. I was going along with it. Peer pressure. You are looking up to guys and at the same time these guys are saying, 'Hit some of this.' But guys smoke. That's why they don't test for marijuana."
"I mean, guys always did. I never did it. But I know when we get to the hotel we were smoking good so it's like we got to the hotel we were smoking good so you had to bring it. I know I saw people bring it, so it's like the rules only apply for who they want them to apply for."
"Dr. Westreich did not communicate any information from his conversations with Mr. Dukes to the Nationals or any other club. Despite well-reported issues surrounding Mr. Dukes, Commissioner Selig has taken no action that would have affected Mr. Dukes' ability to secure employment with a major-league club. And, at no time did Mr. Dukes disclose to Dr. Westreich any information concerning drug use by other major-league players."
"I got songs that's gonna come about as far as the struggle I had to overcome about being a black athlete in Tampa, Florida. I think Tampa don't know how to treat athletes with the proper respect. They go after athletes like an athlete is almost already condemned."
A DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN FRIENDS OF MICHAEL YOUNG
"He doesn't view himself as a designated hitter at this point in his career. At this point, he still views himself as an everyday player. I understand the way he feels... I tried to assure him that, from a career perspective, I didn't think it was a step down. Michael's feeling is that once you go to DH, you're going to be considered a DH. He feels that limits him as far as his career."
"The suggestion that I've had a change of heart and asked for a trade is a manipulation of the truth. I want to be traded because I have been manipulated and misled in this process, and I'm not going to take it anymore."
"Throughout the process I think I've handled myself with integrity. I don't regret any decision that I've made. I've been up front in the things I believe in. Out of respect for the fans, my teammates and the coaching staff, I have not said anything to this point. Everybody should be focused on spring training."
"I'm disappointed this came to light. I would have rather this be handled behind closed doors but I feel I need to straighten some things out. I think it's important to address the inaccurate portrayal that is being given."
MURRAY CHASS HASN'T BEEN THIS ANGRY SINCE MIKE PIAZZA WAS BORN
"We were able to show he pitched a lot better than a 1-11 record. He had historically low run support and over a three-year period, as bad as the Pirates have been, he was their best pitcher. And there's always a comparison to comparable players."
"The system does what it's supposed to do. The system is based on risk, and things which enhance the uncertainty of the process are good. We didn't want arbitrators to take a week. We didn't want them explaining their decision. We want them to just announce their decision."
"You don't know why the arbitrators decided it that way, what persuaded them. From our standpoint, Ross is a very smart guy. He was involved in analyzing the market for pitchers. That factored in. we didn't feel wins and losses were appropriate to measure his performance. Other factors were involved. We felt we could persuade someone of that in these circumstances."
"There were other statistics that were important. And the year before I had a good record, so it wasn't like I always had a bad record. I felt there were other statistics that were more important. ERA and innings pitched are the two biggest statistics. I also served some time on the disabled list last year so I felt I was limited by that."
"It's the best. There will never be another one like it."
"I loved Tucson. It was a great place. But let's face it, teams didn't bring a lot of their star players to face us down there, and maybe now without all that time on the road this will help us get off to a faster start in April and May than we used to."
"It's very interactive. Sidewalks allow fans to reach the backfields and they can go right up to the backstops. You know where to find Mickey Mouse on Main Street (USA), and you'll know where to find our players every day here."
"He hit it right on the head. When you play that many games, you have to like one another. You're going to have your fights, but you need guys that pull together and pull for one another and create an atmosphere that they like to be around."
"Just to continue to pitch off your fastball. Sometimes when your other stuff is good, you kind of fall in love with it. You have to understand that a located fastball is still probably the best pitch in baseball. If you can continue to pitch off that, it's going to keep your pitch count down and continue to get you ground balls."
"You don't want it to be an option for any athletic department, obviously. Let alone the flagship public university of the state of California. It's just not good. My whole life has been baseball, trying to develop men through baseball. You don't want to see that, you don't even want to think about. Let alone the school in arguably the best conference in America. To see a school drop the sport, that's hard to swallow."
"I've worked with Carl for three or four years. I put some whuppings on him in ping-pong, and talked a lot of trash to him. I'm glad he's on our team. It's a pain in the butt playing against him. He's running wild. It's going to be fun having him on our side."
"He obviously has worked very hard to rehab his knee and he's lost some weight, but he's still around 300 pounds. Clearly, he's a tremendous athlete and he can handle it, but it has to be managed so it doesn't become a problem. I just think 30 pounds would have been a lot more noticeable."
Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.