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April 14, 2014
The Week in Quotes
STREAKING BREWERS BOAST LEAGUE-BEST 10-2 RECORD
“His breaking ball is different than when he first came to the big leagues," Roenicke said. "It was more of a shorter, harder slider. It still had some big depth to it, but it was thrown hard. Last year, he probably pitched from 90 to 92 [miles per hour], but the thing is, he came up with the changeup, too. The last year he was in Anaheim, he came up with the changeuep, and the first day he threw it, it was a strikeout changeup.”
“I saw the replay last night on MLB Network on the double play where he stayed on the bag. That play is not that easy. The angle they showed, it looked like, 'Oh, that's not that tough of a play.' But that is an unbelievably tough play because in your mind you (know) you can't miss that ball. A lot of guys will come off the bag when they catch it. To do that, you have to have really good instincts to be able to know you are going to do both, staying on the bag and catching the ball.”
“It's a really fun time right now. We're playing great baseball and doing the little things right, and we're having a lot of fun doing it. That's what's really important. We're really enjoying playing the game of baseball right now.”
“We've gotten off to a slow start. I don't feel like a sit-on-my-hands type of approach is the way to get these things turned around. I think we've got an outstanding group here but we haven't hit on all cylinders yet so I think we need to try something different.”
“We’re playing the odds. We understand that it’s not a perfect science, but we definitely know it’s an educated guess. … Statistics don’t lie. They may not tell the whole story. “
“I hope that players in similar situations as I was in early on can take some inspiration from it. Any time one of your peers respects what you do, it’s humbling. It definitely makes you feel good.”
“Some fan in the stands was popping off. I don't know where he was, but it was right behind the dugout and was close enough to yell, and it [ticked] me off. I politely told him to shut the - up.”
“We have had that discussion and talked about different ways to attack the left-hander, being ready to hit the first pitch. More often, it was about hitting the fastball on the first pitch because you don't want to get in a position to have to hit the breaking ball. I do believe when hitters are locked into hitting that fastball the other way, which he's worked hard on doing, that breaking ball that does hang, you're in position to hit it. Your hands are in a good place and your body's ready to work, and I think that's what you saw today.”
“Did you watch the game? Everybody who watched the game knows. I don't think I need to say anything about it. There was a disagreement is the best way to describe it.”
“The more the crowd cheers, the more amped I get. It kind of gives me a big chill and goose bumps and gives me a little extra boost… I try not to usually look [at radar gun readings], but if it is the last pitch of the game, I will sneak a peek.”
“He's a bright, analytical guy and he loves the [batting] cage, and he's always in there. So I just think over the years, he has too much stuff [in his head]. He's not letting his God-given gifts take over. My whole goal since the start of Spring Training has been to make the game easier for him."
“I have to show the hitter it’s not just the fastball anymore. I have a secondary pitch that I can throw in any count. I threw the changeup too. Now I can throw the slider or changeup when they’re looking for the fastball.”
“I guess I am kind of a test. But I don’t look at it that way. This is just another thing that I’ve had to overcome in my career.”
“Jesse used to get bypassed a lot. One inning would go south, and teams would give up on him. The A’s, they’ve never given up on him. Everything is finally paying off.”
“The thing I liked about his approach or his philosophy is that he doesn't talk any mechanics. That's awesome. That's how you simplify hitting. You can teach hitting a million ways, but the best way to teach hitting is to simplify it ... by talking about approach. Mechanics can take you very far from the reality of what hitting is. Hitting is a feeling. If you have the right mentality to hitting, once you feel good, you're going to go off.”
“We’ve given our best shot with good faith intended to try to get him signed and they’ve drawn a line in the sand that we're not going to beat nor should we meet. Things have been tabled and we’ll see what happens up the line, but we're not going to have ongoing talks from this time forward.”
“It took me a good 15 minutes to realize I was playing. I was thinking, 'I'm not at the bottom of the lineup and I'm not at the top, but [Ramiro] Pena is playing third and [Tyler] Pastornicky is playing second.' I kept looking, but it took me a while to find my name.”
“When things are going bad. I’m definitely not looking at any of the media stuff. I try to keep my head out of that stuff... My approach is pretty easy. I prepare as best as I can and go out there and compete as best I can. That’s all I can do. When it’s going good, it’s going good. If it’s not, it’s not. But no matter what, I come here trying to be a good teammate and a good person.”
“I thought, if anything, maybe they would call traveling, because he took about three steps. I know they're going to enforce that rule more this year. I thought he still caught it. He went back and then came forward.”
Morris Greenberg is an author of Baseball Prospectus.