February 17, 1998
The Week in Quotes
January 26-February 15
"Jaret [Wright] deserves a good, long look in spring training. He needs to pitch well. He's still young, and we need to finish him off."
-- John Hart, Indians GM
"We've had time to build the organization and do it the right way. Now we get to the fun part. We have some players signed, and they're getting in shape and ready to go, and I want to see some baseball."
-- Jerry Colangelo, Diamondbacks owner
"We're going to be working hard in spring training to prove that this is a much better ballclub than anybody wants to give us credit for."
-- Jack McKeon, Reds manager
"We have a different standard here than we had a year ago. Last year, there was a lot of enthusiasm ... but low expectations. This year the expectations are higher -- maybe a lot higher than they should be."
-- Gene Lamont, Pirates manager
"I feel if we stay healthy, we have just as good a chance to win a wild card as any other team in the National League."
-- Curt Schilling
"I have cleaned out my brain and will try to do well."
-- Hideki Irabu
"I feel awesome. I loved it. I threw real hard. I wanted to let it go and impress some people, open some eyes."
-- Jose Rijo
"I had some injuries that set me back. But I got them fixed, and now I'm ready to go."
-- Lenny Dykstra
"I don't know how many people have really looked at our team that close yet, but I don't know how it could get much better. The biggest thing is going to be keeping everyone healthy."
-- Jeff Brantley
"My feelings were tugging me. I was not sure where I wanted to be. I realized that as time went on, I wanted to be in Boston."
-- John Valentin
"I love playing in Boston. That short porch in left field kind of helps me."
-- Troy O'Leary
"Ozzie [Guillen] is not only a quality baseball player, but a quality person as well. Throughout his career he has played with great enthusiasm and a winning attitude. He provides us with another veteran to come off the bench with the ability to play regularly if needed."
-- Pat Gillick, Orioles GM
"Before my career ends, I would love to achieve Ty Cobb's runs-scored record. Since I've been in the major leagues, that's been one of my priorities."
-- Rickey Henderson
"I just wish my job could get a little easier. We got rid of Glenallen Hill, so who is it now? Me, J.T. Snow and Jeff Kent? We need a big hitter."
-- Barry Bonds
"It's important to have experienced guys who know what it takes."
-- Bill Russell, Dodgers manager
"Our posture basically is to win."
-- Lou Piniella, Mariners manager
"Ideally, you want a five-tool guy. But the run-and-throw guys get left by the wayside while the hitters keep going. We don't want to ignore run-and-throwers, but if there is a choice to be made and we think the guy is going to play in the major leagues, we're going to go with the hitter. We're going to have to change a little bit. We're going to have to emphasize hitting more."
-- Darrell Rodgers, Reds assistant GM
"I hate losing. I never get used to it. I never will get used to it."
-- Chuck Knoblauch
"The vote is not going to be unanimous. I wouldn't expect it to be unanimous. But I think the votes are there to approve it in March. As of this moment, I would be surprised if it was turned down."
-- Peter O'Malley, Dodgers owner, on the sale of his team
"Nothing is important now except the future."
-- Darryl Strawberry
"Five innings is a minimal thing. I want the starters to average seven innings. And I want my guys to realize effort is not good enough. They better find a way to work through tough times."
-- Dave Stewart, Padres pitching coach