June 2, 2003
The Week in Quotes
May 19-June 1QUESTEC MADNESS
"I said something to one of the umpires about [QuesTec]... and he said 'Do us a favor and break the other one.'"
"The QuesTec system in this ballpark is a joke... The umpires have admitted it. They hate it. In the last three starts I've made here, multiple times umpires have said to the catcher, 'It's a pitch I want to call a strike but the machine won't let me.'"
"Major league baseball wants to have everyone conform to the strike zone as this machine says it is... Everybody's working to try to do that. Borderline pitches, this machine says they're balls. If I call them a strike and the machine doesn't, I'm getting downgraded. I've got to worry about my own livelihood."
"In the old days, we were taught 'Go get them. Call those pitches strikes'...Today it's the exact opposite: 'Hey, if it's off the plate it's a ball. I don't care if it's a quarter-inch or an eighth-inch, it's a ball.' It goes against what we used to be taught, but major league baseball pays my salary, and they're the boss."
"Like I said, the kid pitched a phenomenal game and he obviously didn't have a problem with it, so I might be crying over spilled milk, but it's frustrating."
"What this is about is Curt Schilling wanting pitches that are balls, called strikes... If that's what he wants, he should go to the rules committee. Otherwise, he should stop whining and go about his business."
AND THE BEAT GOES ON...
"This system is one of the worst things that has happened in baseball. They are going to feel ramifications because of the system. it's a joke."
"Umpires want to make calls and be themselves, but with this system, they can't... When you have to throw it down the middle, it makes it tougher... Anything that is borderline, a strike or a ball, he's going to call it a ball."
SUBTRACTION BY ADDITION
"This is a player we think will help us score runs... and that's what we need to do to have any real success the rest of this season."
"Pretty clearly, we need the offensive help, and we need it sooner rather than later... We've played what, 53 games, now? You keep saying 'Well, there's a lot of time left,' but every day there's less time left."
"He's a run-producer. He drives in runs... He does not hit a lot of home runs, although he hit one last night, but hits a lot of doubles, puts the ball in play, works the whole field."
ADDITION BY SUBTRACTION
"Kim is an impact pitcher as either a starter or a closer... Long-term, we view him as a starter, but based on the makeup of this club, there may be a time we need him to close."
"Right now, it seems like we're going uphill all the time. But you don't look for sympathy when you wear this uniform, because nobody is going to give you any."
"I think Billy will have no problems making trades...because if people will just look around, they'll see he's given up quality players in a lot of his deals. Just look at some of the prospects he's given up--Jeremy Bonderman, Miguel Olivo, Jeff DaVanon, Angel Berroa, Jesus Colome, Franklyn German, Carlos Pena. That's seven guys who are playing in the big leagues right now."
"One of the things that makes the NBA and NFL great is that they are media friendly. Their commissioners lead the way. The difference is Bud is straight honest, and not necessarily a politician or media darling."