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November 3, 2008
The Week in Quotes
October 27-November 2
SCREW THE EAGLES
"I feel like we made history in this city. We expected big things, but this is bigger than anyone could have expected. This used to be a football city, but I think we just took over."
"We've got more players than just one. We are a team, and our players give us everything they got."
"He's meant so much to us. He should have this ball. He's the reason we did this."
PLEASE ANNOUNCE YOUR OFF-SEASON PLANS LOUDER TO EVERYONE-I DON'T THINK MIKE MADDUX HEARD YOU YET
"The possibility of making a deal from the perspective of trading a strength for a strength exists. Pursuing pitching is something we will explore."
"There have been several inquiries about our catchers. We're still in the process of sorting it all out. We still haven't gotten to the point where we have been made any offers."
"The [meetings] will give us a chance to talk face-to-face and follow up on some things."
HIS ENTIRE CAREER RESTS ON THE IDEA ONLY 50 PEOPLE IN THE WORLD CAN MANAGE A BASEBALL TEAM
"I did. As a matter of fact, I just spoke to Willie Randolph, and he'd like to work again, so I gave him some advice. Last year there were six openings and I didn't get an interview. So this past year I went out to spring training and got myself out there. I spoke to five GMs and a few team presidents, and I made sure they knew I was available and I wanted back in."
"That's what you've got to do. You've got to make sure people know you want a job again. You have to be persistent."
"In all likelihood, Sabathia is going to receive a big-money offer and Sheets is testing the waters. [General manager] Doug [Melvin] said we're going to offer them contracts, and we certainly have a staff of some other pitchers who have performed at a high level in the majors. Certainly one of my concerns is the bullpen, so we need to take care of that."
PANIC ON THE STREETS OF DETROIT
"We have flexibility to do some things. I don't have flexibility to do tons of things, but I have flexibility to do some things. Sometimes you trade young players for young players. ... We've got plenty of finances that are attributed to our ballclub. Now we just have to make them work better for us."
"As always, Dave was very organized. The scouts were very organized. You re-identify your needs, then you talk about how you're going to attack those needs. This was more of a sparring round to make sure we were aware of our needs to the fullest."
"We're looking to improve our defense, so any consideration will have defensive discussions. They're all intertwined [positionally], but I think it's also one where you look at them independently, too. You look at the best players you can."
CAN WE COMPROMISE ON SOME HEALTHY MUTUAL DISRESPECT?
"I don't like those guys. I know they don't like us. There are guys that I respect on that team. I respect them, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I'm going to be friends with them. My whole career, I've tried to stay away from that. I'll shake somebody's hand and say hello, but I'm not going to be buddy-buddy with anyone before the game."
"I'm not a big fan of the teams in our division just because we play them so much. I would hope as a competitor that you would have that edge, that you would have a genuine interest to go out there and beat them by as much as you can."
"I think that we can get better in that category. I think that we can get better as far as having that killer instinct, that killer attitude, where when we have a team down, that we put our foot to their throat, and finish them off. I think that was part of the reason for our failure this year was-whether it's offensively or pitching-wise-we couldn't put teams away when we had the opportunity to put teams away."
"So I think that's the attitude that we have to go into next year, when we have a lead going into late, instead of just coasting, we have to get the mindset that we have to continue to add on and just finish teams off."
"They'll try to take care of the catching first, and then see what's out there and explore a guy like [Mark] Teixeira or [Jake] Peavy or [CC] Sabathia or [A.J.] Burnett. They might even explore Prince Fielder because they know the Yankees will. But think about it; they don't have to do a whole lot. They came within a game of going to the World Series."
"She's meticulous in her planning, really well-organized. I anticipate a flawless November 8."
"Personally, I like Manny. He's one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game. He's a free spirit, for sure, but he knows how to win. We like some of the other guys, too. We just don't know yet."
"Jack has a relentless pursuit of being right. He understands the whole aspect of a player, and that there are many different lenses through which to view a player. One of his first hires [in Milwaukee] was bringing in Tony Blengino, a complete Bill James disciple. Jack brought him into the office not only to educate all the staff, but himself. To him, it's just part of the different brushes that complete a player."
"Is he done? I wouldn't say that. But he's probably not the guy who hit 50 home runs. He can still play the outfield and he needs to get in shape."
Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.