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May 1, 2001
The Week in Quotes
KNOWING THE STRIKE ZONE
"To be in a class with
you can't ask for anything more. Walks
have been underappreciated. It's lost in the stats sheets. It lost its
appeal somewhere. Another thing lost in the stats is on-base percentage.
That's the most important thing in baseball. If nobody's on base, nobody
LEARNING THE STRIKE ZONE
"They are all good hitters, but now they're starting to recognize the value
of being patient. That's going to lead to better batting averages, and more
"That's a Catch-22. If you're taking strikes, people ask why aren't you
swinging the bat. If you're swinging the bat, people ask why aren't you
being more patient. If you second guess, you can never be wrong."
"We're not asking our guys to walk more. We don't want to take away their
aggressiveness and their manipulative skills. We want to get into more
hitter's counts. We have a good hitting team. We preach to our guys
'imagine if our offense was hitting 2-0, 3-1 all the time.' As for our
pitchers, we have to throw strike one. When you walk a guy, then get behind
the next guy, you think 'I've got to throw a strike.' "
3, TO THE 2, TO THE 1, IT'S DEION/STEPPING ON A PEON*
"He's leading the league in hitting. He's running well. He's
playing good defense. He teaching our Triple-A players about work
ethic. He's totally disrupting every game he's playing in."
"I'm not that bad-looking, I'm an average person, an average-looking
person. I know some girls send me flowers, so I must be somehow cute to
somebody. I'm a cute little-bodied man. I've got an OK body. My uniform
fits pretty well - 33 (waist), 32 length. It's a normal body, 180 pounds.
It's nice, man - Dominican, Latino."
"There wasn't very much good you could say about playing in that
environment last year. But in here, you lose sense of where you are. You
have no idea you're in Milwaukee. In County Stadium, you knew exactly where
you were, you know what I mean? But this place could be anywhere."
"We got beat by one of the all-time greats tonight. It became a situation
where you hope to score a run and keep him from 10 strikeouts, but we
couldn't do it. He was spectacular. I mean, throwing 99 mph in the ninth
"It's not a popular call. I know how much pitchers like shutouts. I was
thinking heavily about it, but this is as far as he's gone as far as pitch
counts. He's got about 25 starts left this season, he had arm surgery this
winter. Let's go with our heads and not try and stretch him out."
"We all recognize Cruz has that type of talent and ability. It's just a
matter of him learning the league more, and learning more about himself as
a hitter. I'm glad he continued his hitting streak. He's really swinging
the bat well."
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