June 7, 2004
The Week in Quotes
"Some people think we draft only college players using laptops...We've
taken high school players in the first round, like Eric Chavez, and
there have been years that there was a high school bat we would have
selected if someone hadn't banged him in front of us. But we have to
have some cost predictability."
"When we took over, we needed to restock the organization quickly and
do it with college players...People forget I am a scout, first and
foremost. I look forward to the day when we've come far enough as an
organization that we draft a high school player in the first round."
"There is no one way of doing anything...We are looking for pitchers
who control and pound the strike zone. We look for hitters with a
certain kind of approach. We took a high school outfielder in the
second round last year. (Director of amateur scouting) David Chadd did
a great job drafting two years ago."
"We absolutely don't believe in 'Moneyball.' We don't believe it works.
I believe (longtime Angels scouts) Tom Kotchman, Jack Uhey and Jeff
Malinoff are going to find me better players by going out there and
watching them play than by plugging numbers into a computer."
"Our guys are real comfortable with computers, but they're not going to
tell me to draft a kid just because he's put up great numbers at UConn
or he's hit a bunch of homers at New Mexico State."
"I'm frankly glad all those teams are starting to think that way. I
feel better knowing they're all going to ignore players that we've
identified. A lot of high school players and junior college players are
going to be available in places where they probably shouldn't
be...We'll be more than happy to take them."
"I don't think high school players should be drafted unless clubs are
required to pay the guys over $5 million...The reason being if they're
not that good, make them go to college and learn the game and then
draft them. But if you draft a high school player you have to guarantee
his future. And if the player is not that good the team won't take the
risk. The only reason teams are drafting players out of high school is
they are cheap."
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
"When we traded for Milton, I think we knew everything that came along
with it...We knew the past, we don't necessarily think that
everything's going to be completely different because he came to a
different place. That's fine. I would take nine Milton Bradleys if I
could get them."
"In the first 50 games we've had him, he's been nothing but a model
citizen and a good teammate. I've seen him make efforts to avoid
confrontation. I think Milton's making a concerted effort."
STICK A FORK
"No surgery is perfect, but that's about as good as surgeries get in
general...There is about a 10 percent chance of failure where the
labrum, for some reason, does not heal to the bone."
"In that sense, he may have a little higher chance [of further
injury]...You rarely see a player, first of all, dislocate their
shoulder through the back to begin with. So does he have a
predisposition for that? Possibly so, but I don't believe that it's
going to be any greater than it was previous to the surgery."
"I thought it was going to be fine...It didn't swell up too bad because
after I came out of the game we got some ice on it, so I wasn't too
worried about it. I mean, I knew I wasn't going to be able to play
[Wednesday] because there's no way I could grip a bat, but I thought
maybe I'd be out a couple of days at the most...Obviously I was wrong."
"I've never broken anything in my life, so I have no idea how long this
is going to take. It all just depends on how I heal. It's gonna be at
least three weeks, they said, but it could be more."
"You take the years I've been a manager and total up the number of guys
who have been hit above the shoulder. That's how I know it can be
controlled...One of the problems is that there are some pitchers and
pitching coaches who get careless with the ball up and in. They have
the fallback that it wasn't intentional (when a batter is hit). They
say it's part of the game. Well, it's a dangerous part of the game.
Let's do something about it."
"Baseball has turned it into a joke...They've created this mess by
taking it out of the players' hands. Believe me, the players would
police it if they were allowed. But with all these warnings and
suspensions, they've turned it into a joke."
"If someone tries to take one of your offensive players away, you send
a message back...There was a player once who said, 'This guy is all
about revenge.' That's probably accurate. Calling me a headhunter has
never been accurate."
"One thing about myself, I'm never going to apologize for being
aggressive...Yeah, I went out of the [strike] zone. I know I can do
better, but I'm never going to apologize for being aggressive. I'd
rather swing at a ball in the dirt or outside the zone than take one
down the middle."
"I didn't change nothing in my last at-bat from my first three at-bats
and I got a base hit. It's not like I'm hitting .180 or .150. I'm just
a couple big games away from turning things around. Should I be playing
better? Absolutely. Every pitch is a learning experience."
"It's a matter of getting a good pitch to hit in the zone. Most of
those balls were out of the zone. The pitcher is in trouble in that
situation, we're not in trouble. We'll have to change our thought
process and realize he's the one with bases loaded."
"You have to be aggressive in the zone. [They] got me to chase some
balls out of the zone tonight. [The coaches] want me to be aggressive,
but in the zone. That's what we're working on. It's a long year."