July 6, 2004
The Week in Quotes
June 28-July 5
"That's McKeon for you...Just another reason to kick their butts."
"I might be a little prejudiced, but Milton is very deserving, and
Abreu's numbers are unbelievable...We've got to do something about our
computers here [in Philadelphia] and contact some people in Japan
because I know they vote a lot."
"I'm not going to vote for myself...That's not me. We just have to wait
and see how it turns out."
"I think a 4.00 ERA in this ballpark ain't too bad...It's a tough
ballpark to pitch in. I don't look at ERA. I just try to win, and I
think there's something to say for 11 wins."
"People take it for granted [Abreu is] going to hit .300...It's hard to
hit .300. It's hard to get 25 to 30 stolen bases. It's hard to get 100
walks, 100 RBIs, score 100 runs. He does it every year, and people
don't know about it."
WALK THIS WAY
"That's incredible...I never thought anybody was going to break it.
That's unreal. Barry's a cleanup hitter. Henderson was a leadoff hitter
who's supposed to walk. Wow. Unbelievable. Awesome!"
"He feels like he's [entitled] to the contract that I did myself, like
he assisted me, even though he didn't have anything to do with it."
"If he didn't do it, why should he get a percentage? He didn't play any
part of me getting traded, he didn't play any part in me getting my
option year taken off, and he definitely didn't play any part in me
sitting down with George and doing this deal."
"The whole year in Atlanta, I had to get the players' association to
stop him from writing me threatening letters saying, 'Either you let me
do your contract or I'll be forced to sue you.' That's a threat and
harassment...A lot of organizations didn't want to talk to him or deal
with him. I wasn't going to let him cost me a contract like he did
[Greg] Maddux and all those guys in college. I wasn't going to let him
dictate my future."
"The question isn't why we adopted interleague play but rather why it
took so long...We'll have to let historians decide whether it's right
or not, but I think it's obvious the fans like the idea."
IN THIS CORNER...
"(The use of pitch counts) is really delicate...Sometimes it's
overprotective, but it's also in the best interest of the player.
Especially young guys."
"You look at guys like Bill Pulsipher and Jason Isringhausen with the
Mets (in the mid-'90s)...Pulsipher was throwing 200-some innings as a
19-year-old, and look what happened. These guys worked hard, got up to
the pros and-boom-their arms went out. I think that's when
organizations started to take a serious look at pitch counts."
"What we're looking at is a guy can have 75 very difficult, grueling
pitches, and another guy can have 100 easy pitches...So, we're looking
at the big innings, the tough innings. Those are the things that can
create the wear and tear on a pitcher's arm."
"Most (young) guys are maxing out every throw...They're not putting a
little on, taking a little off, like you do as a veteran. As long as
you consider a pitcher young and developing, it would be foolish to put
strains and stresses and demands on a guy's arm before he's physically
ready to take it."
AND IN THIS CORNER...
"Fads come and go in everything, including baseball...Most of the
theories on pitch counts come from people who have never pitched a day
in their life. If you pace yourself, pitch counts aren't so important."
"All men in all walks of life should finish what they
start-including a baseball game...Most pitchers don't throw
enough. I used to pitch 15 minutes of batting practice in my middle off
"Pitch counts are of limited value...Their biggest value is in
monitoring rehab progress. There is some value in limiting how many
pitches a pitcher throws, but the absolute value is unknown."
"There's no absolute way of ensuring arm health simply through
(enforcing) pitch counts...Pretty soon, you're going to need a seven-
or eight-man bullpen, because we're only going to be allowing our
starters to throw 85 or 90 pitches. I don't agree with that."
"There are all these different studies on how many pitches a particular
pitcher should pitch, based on their body type and their history or
whatever...I don't like that. I don't like anybody else deciding how
many pitches is the right amount for the guys on our staff."
"There's absolutely no question that the nature of this market is
different than nearly every other in baseball...I don't know that any
other team approaches it the same way."
"There is probably no bigger proponent of college baseball than I am,
but that's disappointing that an adult wouldn't have the responsibility
to put a kid's long-term interests ahead of his own selfish concerns.
That was selfish and self-serving."
"Wrigley Field is different from U.S. Cellular Field...I don't want to
upset people in Chicago. When the game starts, it's a nice old park.
But it is the worst park in baseball. The clubhouse, the tunnel to the
dugout, showers, everything, parking, it's a pain in the butt. When the
game starts it's a nice, beautiful field, but when you go play against
them it's bad, horrible."
"I told him, 'I'm glad it worked out...The thing is, when things like
that work out, nothing's said. But if it doesn't work out, it's my
[fault] because I didn't teach him how to run the bases. In this case,
[stuff] turned to sugar, but you can't overlook those things [just
because] you win."