February 11, 2013
The Week in Quotes
SCHILLING SAYS SOX URGED HIM TO USE PEDs
"At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue.”
—Former Red Sox starter Curt Schilling, who revealed on Wednesday that members of the organization encouraged him to use performance-enhancing drugs during his tenure in Boston. (Matt Pepin, Boston Globe)
“It caught me off guard, to say the least. That was an awkward situation.”
—Schilling, who compiled a 53-29 record with a 3.95 ERA in four seasons with the Red Sox.
“This is getting to a point where you almost have to treat every player under the same blanket. I want to believe that Ryan Braun didn’t. I want to believe that his explanation is legit. [But] this guy [Bosch], clearly he’s not a doctor. I think they made it very clear in the article that he’s not a doctor. So why would [Braun's] agents be using him as an expert witness to testify to the T/E ratios and the possibilities of tampering with samples?”
THE ANNUAL SPRING OF OPTIMISM
“I'm genuinely excited about our starting rotation. I think (Yu) Darvish in his second year, understanding the adjustments he has to make and what the league is about, the schedule, all of those things that were question marks, he's answered. He's hungry to do better.”
—Rangers general manager Jon Daniels in a Q&A, on Yu Darvish and his 2013 rotation. (Anthony Andro, Fox Sports Southwest)
“I'm more excited than I've ever been about a team going to spring training.”
—Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez on his excitement heading into camp after the offseason addition of the Upton brothers. (Mark Bowman, MLB.com)
“I think people are focusing on what the major-league payroll is, and I think the reality is we're making a huge investment in our people. We're going to spend close to $20 million acquiring prospects through the amateur draft and international process. We're investing in our teachers at the minor-league level, we're investing in our capabilities to develop young talent and we're staying consistent with our strategy, which is to develop the best young talent in baseball and be as consistently competitive as soon as possible.”
—Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, on Houston’s process for future success. (Brian McTaggart, MLB.com)
“Everybody starts out at the beginning of the year and throws their hat in the ring and says we're in. But the reality of it is one by one, people start sneaking their hat out. You want to have the resiliency to have enough guts and determination and drive to leave yours in there and see it out to the end, and I feel good about that this year.”
—Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. (Steve Gilbert, MLB.com)
“There's been an instant connection. I can relate to what [Troy Tulowitzki is] gone through, and I think that should help. We have to have our horses out there, but we need to be smart and have honest communication. But Tulo's in a good place. I really think he's going to have a big year.”
—Rockies manager Walt Weiss on recovered shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who sat out most of 2012 injured. (Troy E. Renck, The Denver Post)
—Apparently one security guard wasn’t very ‘familia’ with Mets prospects. (Mike Puma, @NYPost_Mets, New York Post)
—This recycled quote comes from Ryan Braun, who avoided a 50-game suspension last season because the contents of his drug test were mishandled. Braun’s name resurfaced this week when he was connected to Anthony Bosch, a south Florida trainer suspected of supplying players with PEDs. (Larry Stone, @StoneLarry, Seattle Times)
—After missing all of 2012, Victor Martinez will look to repeat his 2011 campaign, in which he posted a .297 TAv. (Tom Gage, @Tom_Gage, Detroit News)
—Luke Scott will try to harvest a few more hits for the Rays in 2013. (Marc Topkin, @TBTimes_Rays, Tampa Bay Times)
“My mom looked at me and said, ‘One day you’re going to be there, and I swear if I ever see you walk by anybody and not sign a thing for them, I will come and personally slap you right across the face.’”
—Yankees prospect Tyler Austin, on his autograph policy. (Scott Cacciola, The New York Times)
"He had an accident. He was at home [in Tennessee] cleaning a gun, and it accidentally went off. He was injured in the process. Fortunately for him, it's something he's going to recover from and be fine—and [it] won't affect his baseball career. He wasn't 100 percent physically able, or wouldn't be at the beginning of camp. We ended up not bringing him to big-league camp because he wouldn't be able to participate 100 percent."
—Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, on prospect Bryce Brentz, who inadvertently shot himself in the leg this week. (Ian Browne, MLB.com)
"It gives us a lot of versatility in the outfield and he's a guy who has proven he can hit left-handed pitching and be one of the best platoon guys in the game."
—Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer on the addition of outfielder Scott Hairston. (Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune)
“Apparently now I’m one of the older guys. I don’t have to be like Carp. I just have to be like me, and he taught me very well.”
—Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright on filling the shoes of Chris Carpenter. (Derrick Goold, STLtoday.com)
“I’d rather not have as many guys as we have in the World Baseball Classic. I understand these guys want to play, and we have no problem with them playing. We'll work around it. But it's not to our advantage to say we'll look at other guys. We can look at whomever we want to in spring training. The regulars don't play that much at the start and there are plenty of opportunities for other players to get their chance.”
—Brewers manager Ron Roenicke on having 15 players in the World Baseball Classic. (Tom Haudricourt, JSOnline.com)
“I certainly don’t dispute that Latin players are entitled to the same dreams and opportunities that I had, but I’m sorry: When they arrive on US soil, the onus isn’t on the American players to learn Spanish. It’s on the Latin players to learn English.”
—Mike Piazza in his new book, Long Shot, discussing the language barrier created by Latin players in the US. (Michael Gartland and Cynthia R. Fagen, NYPost.com)
“If I’m going through a struggle or whatever, she knows when to console me. And then she knows when to say something to get me ticked off or fired up, to push me. She knows best.”
—Nationals center fielder Denard Span on relying on his mom for inspiration. (Adam Kilgore, WashingtonPost.com)
“Our stance with Jurickson is if he demonstrates he's one of our best 25 and maybe one of our best nine, if we're convinced he can make an impact on the team and continue his progress, we'll be open-minded. We see him long-term as a shortstop and a middle infielder, but he may take some balls [in the outfield].”
—Rangers GM Jon Daniels, whose infield is definitely not set in stone yet. (T.R. Sullivan, MLB.com)
“I wish I had an answer for it. I don't know. I mean, things happen for a reason. I knew personally that there was nothing lost. I don't know. There's no answer for it. I always believed that I would pick myself back up. You hear it a lot in this game that a change of scenery can help a player, and just speaking personally that was the case in my case.”
—Newly extended Aaron Hill, on his offensive output in Arizona. He’ll remain with the Diamondbacks through 2016. (Steve Gilbert, MLB.com)
“It boils down to self-responsibility, accountability, and choices. People worry about me going to big cities, having money, but if you want to do something stupid, you can do it. But God has shown me how I get to the spot where I make a decision I shouldn't make.”
—New Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, on his drug addiction, in a Los Angeles Times profile of his journey. (Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times)
"It wasn't Scott Boras' decision. He's my adviser. He laid it out in a way that made sense. It was a conscious decision. I knew what I was getting myself into... It's not all about money for me. There are a lot of things I value greater than money. Money means a lot to a lot of people. It seems like a social status. I'm not defined by how much I earn or will earn."
—Stanford pitcher Mark Appel on his decision to return to the Cardinal after the Pirates selected him with the eighth overall pick in last year’s draft. Appel was considered one of the best talents in the draft, and fell to Pittsburgh because of signability concerns. (Elliott Almond, San Jose Mercury News)
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