February 2, 2015
The Week in Quotes
January 27-February 1, 2015
Around the League
“I don’t think we got rid of anyone that was an issue in our clubhouse. I wouldn’t say everyone got along with everyone that is gone, but I would say there was definitely more positives than negatives with everyone that we got rid of. If you bring in a super clubhouse guy, that’s a positive. I don’t know the guys we brought in enough to know that we brought in some amazing person.”
"We were optimistic—most people were optimistic about our team last year. We had some injuries. We had some people fall backward. We had some things happen… But we had some people step up. We believe we've got the talent. We've got two premium players in Tulo and CarGo. We've got maybe the best third baseman in the game [in two-time Gold Glover Nolan Arenado]. We've got Gold Glove guys scattered around. You've got some young left-handed hitters that are good. We feel we have the talent to win.”
“For me, I keep my focus on doing what I have to do to get better every day and continue to improve on some of the adjustments I was able to make over the course of the year mechanically with my swing. It’s been something I’ve struggled with over the years, consistency with my mechanics. When you go up and down between the major leagues and Triple-A as a young player, there are a lot of things that come with that. It’s a grind mentally, and it was something that took me a few years to really put into perspective and understand going into last season the adjustments I wanted to make, and I’m going to continue to make over the course of my career to be successful at this level.”
“We are still in a phase where a lot could happen in the next few months. It could get a lot better, it could slow down. So we won't know until we go through a throwing program. But I'm preparing every part of my body to be ready for Opening Day, and that's all I can do right now.”
“The truth of the matter is, the system we have in baseball those who get to that sixth year and survive it typically get compensated the best. And you have to get there. We’ve worked with A.J. Burnett, Mike Hampton, Cliff Lee and even Andrew Miller this offseason. You have to get to that finish line and cross it before you find out what your ultimate value is in the open market, which is what free agency is all about. But at the end of the day, we owe it to the White Sox to at least consider anything that they would want to talk about. I have a lot of respect for the White Sox. They have put in a lot of work to make that club better. With all due respect for [chairman Jerry] Mr. Reinsdorf, and to [general manager] Rick Hahn who has done a heck of a job and [vice president] Kenny Williams — I told those guys, ‘any time you want to talk I’ll listen.’ Jeff and I will certainly talk but it’s difficult. You guys know the situation, you know the landscape.”
"The beauty of this is that as far as direct oversight over Ruben, that's Pat [Gillick]. Whatever we did wrong the last few years, blame me and give Ruben and Pat a clean sheet to figure it out from here… Look, it's a challenging time for Ruben. I think it's great that he has somebody with Pat's background to lean on to help him through this. We want to get back as quickly as we can. That's the goal."
"[Suzuki] understands going into camp he'll be valued as a left-handed bat off the bench and fourth outfielder. This guy's age says he's 41. His body says he's about 30 or less. Tremendous shape…He can help you if it's pinch-hitting late, if it's pinch-running late, if it's double switches or starting in any of the three outfield spots."
“It's going to be different than what I'm used to, but it's exciting. We've got a whole different team. Obviously as a person and a friend, it's tough to see your friends leave—especially with Jason leaving. We've got Shelby [Miller] here now and we've got a lot of young talent. I think we're going to surprise a lot of people.”
"I don't think anyone wants to go to arbitration. I thought it was important to not to be part of that process. I don't want [Reds general manager] Walt [Jocketty] saying anything bad about me. It was definitely nice to get this done... I had limited phone opportunities on the honeymoon. I had it for a little bit each day, so I was able to get the message. I didn't have time to call my parents, call (wife) Kira, call anybody. It was a quick text, 'Hey, everything's done. We're all set.' It's funny, I was on the bus."
“For me, in 2008 when I was diagnosed, it was never a baseball issue. It was an off-the-field, everyday-life thing. There were a lot of times when I was young where teachers had brought it up and kind of mentioned it, but we never really went down that road. So when I was diagnosed in 2008, I was prescribed Adderall and realized what a difference it made in my everyday life. For me, it was kind of the reason I went down that road. I was a little overwhelmed with everything that was going on last year with [my left oblique strain]. There were a lot of different things that were taking my thoughts away from baseball—and it was a mistake that I made that I wish I could undo, but I can't. So, I just got to move forward.”
“Going into the playoffs, I thought we were the best team in baseball. Obviously we didn't prove it. The year before, I wasn't that confident. This time, I thought it was our series to lose. To say we're better than that, I don't know if you can say that without seeing us play.”
“I have long considered myself a Players' administrator with a complete belief that the Players are not only the face of the game but they provide the sport with its heart and soul. I share the players' and Tony's views on the state of the game, especially as they relate to what active and inactive players are doing to help develop the game, widen its appeal and excite the next generation of players, while ensuring the integrity of the competition on the field is maintained.”
“I smile when people think I'm doing stuff for the school. They've done more for me than I can ever even think of.”
“This is a pretty good gig. I’m doing what I love to do. And I feel a responsibility to get this organization back to where it should be.”
“That is so cool. I got a Babe Ruth bat in my hands. I can spend a while in here.”
Jayson Werth has apparently made some new friends:
Nick Bacarella is an author of Baseball Prospectus.