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July 7, 2003
The Week in Quotes
June 23-July 6WHEELING AND DEALING
"I deemed it more important for us, right now, to make every effort to get this thing done here and now. Rather than continuously be looking down the road where we're 'Prospects 'R Us,' selling hope and hoping we catch lightning in a bottle with our young players."
"I came from a team in last place and now I'm with a team in first place... now I'm in second place... or now I'm in third place... I don't know what it is. I know it's three [games] back."
THE MID-SUMMER CLASSIC
"Albert Pujols, he's having a good year but he has no position. Can't vote for him... I would like to, but where am I going to put him? Left field? First base? Third base? I don't know."
"I went pretty much with straight stats... But if a veteran and a young guy were even, I picked the veteran. A young guy might have more chances to get there, but with a veteran, he's been doing it for a longer period of time and might not get another chance to play in an All-Star game."
"It depends on who is having a better year. It's not a popularity contest. It's based on guys putting in the work, putting up the numbers and deserving to be rewarded for it."
BY THE NUMBERS (OR NOT)
"Now, if you look at a guy's batting average, people look at you like, 'What's the matter with you? Don't you know that went out with flannel uniforms?'"
"I think if you continue to make yourself aware of what's available to you in regards to grading or evaluating players, then statistical analysis has its place... But the other day, one of those guys came to me with this new stat and I'm like, 'Whoa.' All the sudden the male ego has gotten to the point where so many of these SABR guys are trying to come up with The One stat."
"I'm a big believer in black-and-white statistics more than I am potential... I hate that word, potential. That word gets people fired. It gets managers fired, it gets GMs fired, it gets scouts fired. I'd rather see stats. I want to see what he's done. Don't show me what he maybe can do."
"Unfortunately, statistics only tell you what a guy's done in the past, not what he's likely to do in the future... That's where baseball experience and using your eyes and knowing what you're looking for is probably a more important tool than strictly numbers. If you strictly go by the numbers, that eliminates players like Craig Counsell and a long list of guys who contribute a lot more to winning baseball games than the numbers show."
"I've said many times, we lose a lot of these games because we're inexperienced. ... A lot of these guys are learning on the job. I know it's frustrating, but that's how you learn. ... We battle, we compete, but we fall short. I can't fault my players, I really can't. They're giving us all they've got."
"You know what will make me look younger? More wins... That's what will make me look younger. And more important, feel younger."
"I don't want this to be a distraction. When this came about, it was more of a good-natured rib with the ballclub. But it's gotten a little too much attention. I don't think that's good. Let it die down and let's just focus on the players, the way it should be-on the team."
"So I'm pleased. Until we can get this thing to the point where we have a nice 7-3 homestand, I'm never going to be satisfied. But that'll come. Now what we need to do, more than anything else, is improve our road record... You start winning with a little more consistency on the road, it becomes a little easier to win at home."
"I didn't realize your pitching was that bad over here at Boston that you would try to add on a 16-run lead in the seventh inning."
"I'm not going to second-guess myself, and neither should Miggy... We're both aggressive hitters, and we're not going to change that."
"[I]f we have that situation [today], he'll get the ball. When you have your closer in the game, you rely on him, and he's been pretty darn good for us."
"We feel like this move will give us a better chance to win... He wants to win. He wants to do whatever the ballclub asks. By making this move, we feel like we've got some depth."