October 27, 2014
The Week in Quotes
October 20th-26th, 2014
OSCAR TAVERAS DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT
“We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family. Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight.”
“I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest.”
“All of us throughout Major League Baseball are in mourning… shocked by the heartbreaking news of the accident involving Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend. Oscar, a young member of the baseball family, was full of promise and at the dawn of a wonderful career in our game, evident in his game-tying home run against the Giants exactly two weeks ago. I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of both individuals, as well as to Oscar’s teammates and the entire Cardinals organization.”
JOE MADDON OPTS OUT OF CONTRACT, LEAVES TAMPA
"I have been doing this for a long time. I have never had this opportunity to research my employment on my terms. Never, never, never. I mean never. And I think anybody given the same set of circumstances would do the same thing."
"Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his current contract, a contract which was not scheduled to expire until after the 2015 season. We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision. As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout Major League Baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015. Joe has been our manager for nine seasons, and the foundation of success laid during his tenure endures. We thank him for all that he's meant to the organization."
“Just knowing that Andrew left, I had a feeling that either this year or the end of next year, Joe wouldn’t be back. Joe and Andrew have been here for a long time. They’re the only thing that I know. It’s not necessarily the end of the world for anybody that they left… I have hope and faith in the Rays organization, Matt Silverman… all the way up. I have faith that they’ll make the right choice, because up to this point, they’ve done that.”
"As I said last week, Joe and I enjoyed a tremendous relationship working together in Tampa Bay, and I wish him nothing but the best, wherever his next stop will be. However, nothing has changed on our end. Don Mattingly will be our manager next season and hopefully for a long time to come."
“I'd be less than honest if I didn't tell you, of course, it's one of the manifestations. It's a wonderful story, and we've had a lot of other ones. Sitting at home watching it, I had tears in my eyes. You've all heard me say how much I believe in the hope and faith theory. And I do believe that. So the fact that Kansas City is in the World Series, of course, makes me feel good. No system is perfect, but it's what we set out to do, and it's worked.”
“Oh man, somewhere inside of me, secretly I had hoped that it would go seven games, for the excitement and the thrill of it. Sure looks that way.”
“Gore, he’s at 91 percent. You just go, huh? He’s just outrunning the baseball. So what you do is try and expose him to some of the things he will see here because of the experience. It was fail-fail-fail. At the beginning, he was asking, ‘am I ever going to get this?’ At his experience level, he’s never been exposed to some of the things they do at this level. When you get a (Class) A ball guy here, the process of learning has to speed up tremendously.”
“It's something we talked about. They put a shift on you, and they're going to give you the bunt, take it. He was working on it. It's the first one he's gotten down. He laid a beauty down there.”
“At that time, in that situation, it’s really disappointing. You just got to a point where you go, ‘What’s the priority here? Is this just three hours out of your time, spent away from what you’re actually being interested in? ‘We’ve got to find a way to get this changed, so that the priority is the game, and all this other stuff is secondary.’”
“We’ve got to walk the tightrope without a net. But our guys aren’t afraid of walking the tightrope without a net. We fall off and we’re dead. But we win Tuesday, and nobody’s got a net.”
“Just understanding situations a little better, understanding who's on the mound, understanding who's behind me, who's on base. It's just realizing what's going on in the game a little more and learning the game a little more.”
“I don't think that anybody can really give him enough praise for all of the things he has done for baseball. I am just so happy that I got to be his friend. And I know he's going to leave it in good hands. … I know baseball is going to continue to grow in the way that all of us think baseball should grow.”
“The weirder the team, the better the team, usually. We've got a lot of weird stuff that goes on in here.”
“Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are two of baseball's great ambassadors and have long distinguished themselves as leaders both on the field and in their communities. Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy the legendary Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society. Major League Baseball is proud to honor Jimmy and Paul, two veteran standouts who have represented the National Pastime with excellence, with our game's most prestigious recognition.”
Nick Bacarella is an author of Baseball Prospectus.