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August 19, 2002

The Week in Quotes

August 5-18

by Derek Zumsteg


"I heard some woman on the television the other day talking about everyone in the big leagues making at least $2 million a year. I mean there are a lot of guys that are barely making one tenth of that but because this woman says that on TV a lot of people are thinking these guys are all making more than enough money. It's not right."
--Chris Woodward, Blue Jays infielder

"What this issue is really about is that the owners want the players to police the owners."
--Joe Carter, former outfielder, on labor negotiations


"The problem is that the owners are relatively less wealthy than they were 10 years ago. So there's more stadium debt than ever before and these owners are worth less and less as their stocks plummets. That's why you've got a formula for disaster."
--Sal Galatioto, managing director of Lehman Brothers' sports practice

"They need to keep working."
--George W. Bush, former Rangers owner, on a potential players' strike

"They can make every excuse in the book not to reach an accord; It is bad for them not to reach an accord."
--Bush, on both owners and players

"Money has to be put in the way a club feels it should. If you put money in a new ballpark, that helps to generate revenue so you can spend more money. It should be spent to make the club's operations the best. That will help in the end, and it will mean enhanced payroll."
--Bud Selig, Commissioner of Baseball, on why owners shouldn't be required to spend revenue-sharing money on player salaries

"Every team in baseball that has any kind of business sense would try to manage its payroll to stay under that tax threshold. There might be one or two that wouldn't, but that's a decision those teams have to make. Certainly, I can assure you, the Texas Rangers wouldn't be among them. If this system is implemented, the Texas Rangers will be under the threshold."
--Tom Hicks, Rangers owner, on a luxury tax

"The NFL has a hard cap, but if you ask 20 NFL experts who is going to win the Super Bowl this year, you might get 20 different answers. If you then asked 20 baseball experts who is going to represent the American League in the World Series, at least 90 percent of them would say the Yankees and the rest would say Seattle."
--Bob DuPuy, MLB Chief Operating Officer


"I don't blame (Steinbrenner) for trying to protect what he has. If the rest of us had as much revenue as he has, we might take that kind of selfish approach as well."
--David Glass, Royals owner


"Unbeknownst to Doubleday, MLB was at the same time engaged in a systematic effort to undervalue baseball franchises as part of its labor-relations strategy. In short, MLB--in a desperate attempt to reverse decades of losses to MLB's players' association--determined to manufacture phantom operating losses and depress franchise values."
--Nelson Doubleday, in a counter-suit filed against Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon over the sale of Doubleday's half of the Mets

"This sort of internecine squabble between the owners of the New York Mets is not good for the game. The charges levied by Mr. Doubleday against the commissioner's office are nonsense and a complete fabrication."
--Bob DuPuy, MLB Chief Operating Officer


"I am pleased this is behind us. While I was not happy with the results of the appraisal, I deeply regret and apologize for the conclusions many drew from the papers that were filed last week by my lawyers."
--Doubleday, after a settlement was reached for his half of the Mets

"I think there was always stability, but now the dispute seems to be settled and that's terrific. Wilpon ownership is as good as it gets."
--Bobby Valentine, Mets manager

"I was confident that at the end of the day they put their personal feelings aside and act in the best interests of the game,"
--Bud Selig, Commissioner of Baseball, on his mediation that led to the settlement

"We could not have completed the deal without the direct involvement and help of commissioner Selig. I am sorry the commissioner had to become involved."

"I did not in any way mean to impugn the integrity of the commissioner, who has been a longtime friend and will continue to remain one, or anyone from his office. Nor did I intend the counterclaim to get in the way of the ongoing collective-bargaining process. That was not my intent or goal. If it did, I apologize to the commissioner and to Don Fehr if it in any way had a negative effect on bargaining."


"This is one of the best no-decisions I've ever had."
--Tim Hudson, Athletics pitcher

"It's nice to get wins, but for a pitcher, (won-loss) record is misleading."

"Mulder told me, 'I didn't even take notes in college.' I'm like, 'This is the real world, dog. It's serious business. You've got to take notes.' He wanted to just take an audio cassette--like I'm going to listen to five hours of tape."
--Barry Zito, Athletics pitcher, on sending pitcher Mark Mulder in his stead to a player representative meeting which conflicted with Zito's start

"I don't even know what's on the syllabus."

"Somebody's got to tell him he's 6-feet-6, 220 pounds. He can't be jumping on me like that."
--Terrence Long, Athletics outfielder, after outfielder Jermaine Dye tackled him after Long's game-saving catch against the Red Sox


"It was like PlayStation out there. Guys were diving and making great plays everywhere you looked."
--Esteban Loaiza, Blue Jays pitcher, on his team's defense during his start against the Athletics

"I thought he hit a good pitch. I don't know if it was really hung but what's he, 5-2?"
--Roy Halladay, Blue Jays pitcher, who lost a 1-0 decision to the Angels when shortstop David "5-8" Eckstein hit a home run

"The turf killed him. Turf kills everything. I'd rather play on pavement."
--Mike Hargrove, Indians manager, after outfielder Marty Cordova aggravated a foot injury at the Toronto Skydome


"You have to be on top of your job. You have to do whatever it takes to perform and help the team. That's what I'm doing every day. Sometimes it's tough to wake up day by day at 8, but you have no choice."
--Sammy Sosa, Cubs outfielder, after a Cub was found sleeping in the clubhouse during a game

"With Silva around, we'll always have two buses as long as I'm here. One for the manager to ride and one for Silva to ride."
--Bob Boone, Reds manager, on accident-prone pitcher Jose Silva

"I play first base, so I have to hit. That's the bottom line."
--Doug Mientkiewicz, Twins infielder

"The biggest problem he has is swinging at the ball and missing. I just told him don't swing and miss."
--Grady Little, Red Sox manager, on outfielder Cliff Floyd

"This was a hitters' win. I just happened to pitch on the right day and pitch enough innings to win."
--Derek Lowe, Red Sox pitcher

"When a guy has a special game like that going, even if you think he's doing something to the ball, you leave that kind of stuff for another day. Or you wait until you get a hit. Did they cross a line? Yes, I think they did. I was a little surprised to see someone go out there and ask to see the ball. That's not something your dugout normally responds to in a kindly manner. And we're pretty normal."
--Orel Hershiser, Rangers pitching coach, after the Indians had the ball checked for illegal scuffing in the seventh inning of a potential Kenny Rogers perfect game, later broken up

"This was a team that was contending, and I was a big part of it. I went through the struggles last year. Now, I'd like to go through the good times. The team is at a lot of risk if someone goes down. You can never have too many catchers."
--Jorge Fabregas, Brewers catcher, on being traded from the Angels

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