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March 15, 2004

The Week in Quotes: March 8-14

by Ryan Wilkins

Dusty Baker doesn't think much of walking; he also doesn't think much of pitch counts. Reggie Jackson thinks modern-day sluggers are on 'the juice,' while Julio Franco admits to being on a juice of a different kind. Jim Hendry is old school, and proud of it. Torii Hunter is about the only non-Yankee in MLB who doesn't hate George Steinbrenner. All this and many more quips from around the league in this edition of The Week In Quotes.

March 8, 2004

The Week in Quotes: March 1-7

by Ryan Wilkins

Gene Orza thinks smoking is worse than juicing. Not everyone agrees. Peter Magowan thinks the Yankees are out of control. Jason Isringhausen wishes Scott Kazmir the best of luck in New York. Ozzie Guillen wants to win by doing the little things. And Jose Lima just is glad to be in a major league uniform. All this and many more quips in the latest edition of The Week In Quotes.

March 1, 2004

The Week in Quotes: February 23-29, 2004

by Ryan Wilkins

Paul DePodesta takes the helm in L.A. Dusty Baker is not a government agent. Turk Wendell apparently has spy cameras in every clubhouse in baseball. Bob Melvin saw Eddie Guardado taking magic closer pixie dust. These and other notable quotables in The Week in Quotes.

February 29, 2004

Baseball Prospectus Basics: Just Another Out?

by Ryan Wilkins

As weíve stated on a number of different occasions throughout the Baseball Prospectus Basics series, one of the goals of performance analysis is to separate perception from reality. Sometimes that means interpreting numbers, and sometimes that means interpreting events with our eyes. Either way, itís about collecting information, and getting a little bit closer to the truth. Evaluating the importance of strikeouts, especially for hitters, is something that has traditionally fallen into the second category. And itís easy to understand why: baseball is a game that centers around the ongoing conflict between pitcher and batter, and there are few outcomes that capture the drama of that conflict better than a mighty whiff, followed by a long walk back to the bench. On the surface at least, a strikeout appears to be the ultimate failure for a hitter--infinitely worse than a Texas-leaguer or a fly-out to center.

November 3, 2003

The Week in Quotes: October 27-November 2

by Ryan Wilkins

Manny's price tag was too rich for the taking. The Marlins mull the year after. The Sox say goodbye to Grady. Start printing those 2004 DRays playoff tickets: Julio Lugo is back. Frank Thomas returns to Chicago for more kvetching. These and other quips in The Week In Quotes.

October 28, 2003

Internet Baseball Awards: Baseball Prospectus Author Ballots

by Ryan Wilkins

As many of our readers were submitting their ballots for the annual Internet Baseball Awards, 11 Baseball Prospectus authors went into the polling booths themselves, voicing their opinions on who should win the major baseball awards this year. Here are the results...

October 27, 2003

The Week in Quotes: October 20-26

by Ryan Wilkins

The Marlins apparently didn't need experience to keep their emotions under control. SeaBass had a feeling. Josh Beckett doesn't care about billy goats--deer on the other hand... Big Stein draws up his plans to clean house. John Smoltz is not a fan of three-run homers. These and other quips in the World Series (and beyond) edition of The Week In Quotes.

October 20, 2003

The Week in Quotes: October 13-19

by Ryan Wilkins

Dusty Baker doesn't believe in curses. Aaron Boone had help from some ghosts. Grady Little tries to defend leaving Pedro Martinez in the game. And Don Zimmer has some strong words for The Boss. All this and much more in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.

October 13, 2003

The Week in Quotes: September 23-October 12

by Ryan Wilkins

Don Zimmer is embarrassed for what happened on Saturday. Joe Torre thinks it was a great example of team play. Larry Bowa speaks in something other than grunts. Pat Gillick sadly steps down. And the Tigers are more than happy to avoid imfamy. All this and many more quips from around the league in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.

September 22, 2003

The Week in Quotes: September 15-21

by Ryan Wilkins

The White Sox go through a demoralizing series against the Twins. Bud Selig thinks the game is great (funny how things change). Ron Santo is just proud to be a Cub. And a bunch of Tigers weigh in on who's the best pitcher in the AL this year. All this and many more quips from around the league in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.

September 15, 2003

The Week in Quotes: September 8-14

by Ryan Wilkins

Dusty Baker thinks it's better to burn out than it is to rust. Mark Prior is inclined to agree. Marquis Grissom believes Barry Bonds is the best. (We're inclined to agree.) Delmon Young believes he can bring a championship to Tampa Bay before the decade is out. And Bud Selig is pleased with the way San Juan has worked for the Expos. All this and many more notable quotables from around the league in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.

September 8, 2003

The Week in Quotes: August 25-September 7

by Ryan Wilkins

Eric Gagne goes from slapshots to the consecutive saves record. Dusty Baker loves Tony Womack. Ron Santo loves Dusty Baker. Kerry Robinson isn't impressed with Mark Prior. Lou Piniella doesn't think Japanese players should be Rookie of the Year candidates--unless they play for his team. George Steinbrenner isn't in the mood for hugs. These and other notable quotables in The Week in Quotes.

August 25, 2003

The Week in Quotes: August 18-24

by Ryan Wilkins

Barry Bonds is good, and everyone seems to know it. Dusty Baker prefers speed to power. And Doug Glanville apparently isn't a fan of The Osbournes. All this and many more quips in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.

August 18, 2003

The Week in Quotes: August 11-17

by Ryan Wilkins

J.P. Ricciardi doesn't like giving away outs. Maury Wills thinks speed is underrated. Lloyd McClendon thinks he's victim of an injustice, and that doesn't even count having to manage the Pirates. Tom Martin just does his job, and Julian Tavarez likes 'em old, fat, rich, and dirty. All this and many more quips in this week's edition of The Week In Quotes.

August 11, 2003

The Week in Quotes: August 4-10

by Ryan Wilkins

Derek Jeter doesn't think you can measure defensive performance. Brian Buchanan isn't too good at laying one down. Umpire Tim Welke admits he was wrong; the Rockies don't care. Marcus Giles wants to fight the scorekeeper. And Warren Spahn thinks the DL is for wimps. All this and many more quips for yout Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.

August 4, 2003

The Week in Quotes: July 28-August 3

by Ryan Wilkins

Red Sox players seem happy with their front office; J.P. Ricciardi wishes he had a bigger budget; Mike Hargrove is forced to say goodbye to one of his favorite players; Alex Rodriguez would possibly consider a trade; and Jarrod Washburn thinks won-lost records are overrated for pitchers. All these and many more pontifications in the newest edition of The Week In Quotes.

July 28, 2003

The Week in Quotes: July 21-27

by Ryan Wilkins

Rich Harden sparkles in his major league debut. Aramis Ramirez apparently thinks he's been traded to the Braves. Sadly, George Brett may be better known for pine tar than for being one of the greatest third basemen in baseball history. Brendan Donnelly gave up a run, a sure sign that the apocalypse is near. Mike Hargrove has an exceptional grasp of the obvious. These and other pontifications in The Week In Quotes.

July 21, 2003

The Week in Quotes: July 14-20

by Ryan Wilkins

Hank Blalock makes his home run count. Barry Bonds sounds off on wiping out Babe Ruth and small sample size. Bret Boone calls out an obvious conflict of interest. Bud Selig waxes poetic on baseball and the hotel industry. These and other tasty morsels in The Week In Quotes.

July 14, 2003

The Week in Quotes: July 7-13

by Ryan Wilkins

Randall Simon pleads his case; Phil Nevin sounds off against the All-Star Game finally "counting" for something; Barry Bonds tells why he's not competing in the Home Run Derby this year; and Dontrelle Willis is just happy to be invited. All this and many more quips in the newest edition of The Week In Quotes.

July 7, 2003

The Week in Quotes: June 23-July 6

by Ryan Wilkins

Kenny Williams doesn't want the Sox to become "Prospects 'R Us." Roberto Alomar could use a lesson in MLB Standings. Mike Mussina got his All-Star vote right. Eric Chavez and Miguel Tejada may get taken back to the factory for Re-Neducation. These and other quips in The Week In Quotes.

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