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June 23, 2014

The Week in Quotes

June 16-22

by Morris Greenberg and Nick Wheatley-Schaller


KERSHAW THROWS A NO-HITTER

“I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.”
—Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, on reaching another excellent milestone in his young career. (Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times)

“You’re splitting hairs when you get to that point. The fact he strikes out 15 and doesn’t walk anybody and does it in 107 pitches tells you how dominant he was. He had the whole package working. Is it the best of all time? Obviously, a lot more people know all the games better than me, but it was obviously pretty good.”
—Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, appreciating Kershaw’s excellent win. (Mark Saxon, ESPN Los Angeles)

BREWERS SCORE THREE RUNS ON A WILD PITCH

"Maybe Little League or something... Actually, you know, I don't think I've even seen it in Little League. It was just a freak play."
—Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds, who scored from second, on whether or not he had ever seen a similar play (Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel)

"I see he dropped his head down, and when I see he dropped his head down I just took off right away. It's a crazy play. I've never seen that in my life and my whole career. It was funny. It was a good moment for us… Baseball's crazy.”
—Brewers shortstop Jean Segura, who scored from first on the play (Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel)

"We got taken advantage of on that play."
—Rockies manager Walt Weiss, whose team gave up the three runs (Thomas Harding, MLB.com)

THE REST

"You don't have [Shin-Soo] Choo with a .425, unless you have Joey [Votto], there's not a lot of guys who are sitting at .380-.430 on-base on our club, there's very few in the big leagues who can do that and can run... It's a process for him learning here. We knew if he made our club, he'd have to continue to grow as an outfielder, as a baserunner, as a bunter, (putting up) more competitive at-bats, laying off the low breaking ball like (Adam) Wainwright in the first game of the year when he struck him out four times on that low breaking ball under zone. Unless he's here working on it, he's down in Louisville, even if he has a good year, he hasn't necessarily slated the beast here at the big league level. So, he's doing a lot of on-the-job training right now."
—Reds manager Bryan Price, on his decision to keep Billy Hamilton in the leadoff spot since opening day (C. Trent Rosecrans, Cincinnati Enquirer)

"I guess you could say the wheels are back on. Is that proper? No, we're coming in trying to prepare every day, trying to play hard every day. It's a good club over there. They're going to give us their best effort. We came in, got some solid pitching, we won a couple close ballgames, and today we were able to swing the bats a little better."
—Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, after the team swept the weekend series against the Indians. (Jason Beck, MLB.com)

"I think you have to take it in the nature in which it was meant, and it was meant to be geared toward their fan base. It was just amazing that it was that much directed at our organization. I think that part probably caught me off guard the most. Not saying that's surprising. We've gone through this the last few years, especially last year with the Cardinal Way stuff getting blown way out of proportion. I think it can put a bad taste in a lot of peoples' mouth. But in defense of the recognition that our guys have had—whether it's having a number of guys on the All-Star team—that stuff isn't just handed out. These guys have worked hard for that. They have deserved it, and they have earned it, and I don't think that's anything for us to apologize for."
—Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, on a joke “attack ad” created by the Milwaukee Brewers in support of fans voting for Jonathan Lucroy instead of Yadier Molina to make the All Star Game (Jenifer Langosch and Adam McCalvy, MLB.com)

“I told him after his last start that I was going to start leaving my glove in the dugout and just run out to left field. All you need to do is get him a couple of runs and we’ll get the win and that’s what happened tonight.”
—Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, following Masahiro Tanaka’s most recent start against the Blue Jays. Tanaka allowed five hits and two walks while striking out ten batters in six innings. (Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News)

“[Wednesday] night’s play at home plate was one of the most difficult calls that our umpires have faced this season, given that the positioning of the catcher at home plate was necessary to record the forceout. The goal of Rule 7.13 is to prevent egregious home plate collisions, and despite how challenging these situations can be, we have made important progress in accomplishing that goal.”
—MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre, on MLB’s admission that a call at home plate was incorrect when Cincinatti’s Devin Mesoraco slid into Pirates catcher Russell Martin on a force play at the plate. Mesoraco was ruled safe under Rule 7.13, the new rule implemented this year to reduce home plate collisions (Bill Brink, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

"I can honestly say I’m sick of seeing the Pirates. What’s this? Four series now, and four out of four with them. I’d like to see some different colors for sure. I’m sure they’re tired of seeing me, too.”
—Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel, on facing the Pirates for the fourth time this year (Vinnie Duber, CSN Chicago)

“I don’t know what to say to be honest. But oh yeah, 100 percent (that he’ll be on the disabled list). I don’t see me being ready in a couple of days this time.”
—Blue Jays second baseman Brett Lawrie, who suffered a broken index finger after being hit with a Johnny Cueto pitch Sunday afternoon. (Mark Zwolinksi, Toronto Star)

"In all honesty, that at-bat right there cost us the game. If I make a couple of good pitches there to get him out, then who knows what that inning would entail. That's part of it. You don't expect him to be the one who starts something like that, and he did. I guess he was due."
—Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn, on allowing Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon’s first hit since 2005 (Anthony DiComo, MLB.com)

“He absolutely wants to play for the Yankees. He wants to continue his baseball career. While getting ready for the new Yankees season, Alex wanted no legal distraction of any sort. The discontinuance (of the suit) by Alex had nothing to do with his or my belief in the merit of the claim. He wanted to be bigger than that, for the sake of removing legal distractions for the Yankees, the fans and himself.”
—Attorney Alan Ripka, after Alex Rodriguez decided to drop his lawsuit against Yankees team doctor Christopher Ahmad and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. (Christian Red, New York Daily News)

"This was a decision that was not made in a day or two or a week or two. The last couple months, we've seen a team we had high expectations for. Those expectations have not been reached.”
—Padres team president and CEO Mike Dee, on the firing of general manager Josh Byrnes. (Corey Brock, MLB.com)

“Brock is as good a hitter as I’ve ever played with. Pound for pound, he has the ability to do it all.”
Jeremy Farrell, son of Red Sox manager John Farrell, on Brock Holt’s breakout debut. (Scott Lauber, Boston Herald)

“The ups are near as satisfying as the downs. A four-game losing streak, right when you put together a nice, 10-game winning streak, is tough. But you come back tomorrow, and battle through it.”
—Royals manager Ned Yost, on his team’s recent four-game losing streak. The skid was preceded by a ten-game winning streak that finally snapped on Thursday. (Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star)

“It was something I didn’t believe. The whole World Series thing and the whole Cleveland era was in the 1990s. We had some great teams, and here we are in 2014 and people still remember the name, remember the face.”
—Tigers fielding coach and former Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel, commenting on the fact that he still gets recognized in public. Vizquel was recently inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame. (George Sippie, Detroit Free Press)

“He’s a multi-dimensional player. He can get the bunt down, he can hit and run and he can drive the ball. He got a 3-2 count and he got ahold of a pitch and split the gap. They gave him one mistake and he did not miss it.”
—Angels manager Mike Scioscia on second baseman Howie Kendrick, who had a game winning double on Saturday. (Tony Ciniglio, Los Angeles Daily News)

“It could save our lives, if someone hits a ball to your head. I get it for free, so I’m just gonna use it to see how it feels.”
—Padres pitcher Alex Torres, describing why he decided to be the first pitcher ever to use a protective cap. (Matt Snyder, CBSSports.com)

Morris Greenberg is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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