NO WONDER ROY HALLADAY ONLY WANTED TO TRAIN IN FLORIDA THIS SPRING
"It's a bad thing. Now they're going to go after everybody, not just the people behind the wall. Now they're going to come out on the street. What if you're walking on the street with your family and kids? They're going to go after you."
—Orioles shortstop and Venezuelan native Cesar Izturis, reacting to the immigration bill, Arizona SB1070, signed by Arizona governor Jan Brewer.
"We're going to keep moving around. We're not leaving, because we didn't do wrong here. We just work. We just come here to work. We got to support baseball, and that's what it is. I know there are people upset about it. I'm upset about it, and wish I could do more about it than what I'm doing."
—White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, US citizen since 2006, on the bill.
"The Major League Baseball Players Association opposes this law as written. We hope that the law is repealed or modified promptly. If the current law goes into effect, the MLBPA will consider additional steps necessary to protect the rights and interests of our members."
—MLBPA president Michael Weiner
"People come here for a reason. They don't come here to do bad stuff. They got a reason [to sign the law]. But I was disappointed, because I think this problem should have been resolved a long time ago."
"What if you go to Arizona and the starting pitcher that day gets asked for his papers and he doesn’t have them? What happens then? I don’t like it, and I think pretty much all of Major League Baseball feels the same way. We are part of the community. You hear there won’t be any profiling or racial stereotyping, but it’s hard to believe that. Us as Latin Americans are going to be put through that process and have to worry about it on a daily basis."
—Mets catcher Rod Barajas, a native of Ontario, California.
"Nobody sees those guys getting up at 4 a.m. to go to work on the farm, picking all kinds of stuff and leaving at 6 o'clock in the afternoon. Nobody complains about that. Leave those guys alone. Help them. Try to do something different to maintain those guys here. As soon as you do that, there are less immigrants, less illegal people here, because they help each other. They cannot live without us. Put it that way. They're workaholics. And this country can't survive without them. There's a lot of people from this country who are lazy. We're not. Prove me wrong. A lot of people in this country want to be on the computer and send e-mails to people. We do the hard work."
—Guillen (Scott Merkin, MLB.com)
SCOTT BORAS HASN'T BEEN THIS EXCITED SINCE ALFONSO SORIANO SIGNED FOR $18M PER
"It's a pretty impactful deal because he sets the standard for first basemen. When the scale goes up, it can't be considered anything but good."
—Adrian Gonzalez' agent John Boggs, on the five-year, $125-million dollar contract extension Ryan Howard signed with the Phillies.
"The sabermetricians are welcome to have their opinions about our business; however, I choose to ignore their opinions."
—Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, on the extension.
"There's a small list of sluggers in this game who can hit 40 homers and drive in 130 annually. Now, there's one less available."
—Prince Fielder's agent, Scott Boras
"This was going to be Ryan's big bite of the apple. (Five years) was where the ceiling was drawn as far as where they felt comfortable guaranteeing a deal at the age of 32. They wouldn't go any further than that . . . They set five years as their absolute bar and really had to stretch to there, given the fact that it did take him all the way to the age of 37."
—Ryan Howard's agent, Casey Close (Ken Rosenthal, FoxSports.com)
ARODYS VIZCAINO, MELKY CABRERA, AND MIKE DUNN LOOK BETTER AND BETTER EVERY DAY
"It's a tough game. We all go through struggles. I don't know one player in the history of baseball that hasn't gone through struggles. The question is how do you respond?"
—Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, on Vazquez' slow start.
"No, no, no. I hope somebody in the other room said something, I'll be cussing his ass. When the players come to me and say something about the pitchers, I say, ‘Hey, that's an excuse.' I don't fool with pitchers. … I bet a lot of people believe that I was doing it."
—Guillen, explaining that he didn't alert the umpires to the two-tone glove Vazquez was using for the game. The glove is a rules violation. (New York Daily News)
IT EXTENDS TO THE BOX OFFICE, THE VENDORS, MY WIFE, MY CHILDREN AND PHIL JACKSON
"Overall, I'm not satisfied with the presentation, I'm not satisfied with the execution and I'm not satisfied with the thought process. It starts with me and goes to the manager and coaching staff and everybody playing the game."
—Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti
"He would say something from time to time. I don’t think it’s that unusual. Manager, general manager, the thing about it is, you have to take personalities into account. Ned is a passionate guy and a very proud individual. He wants to bar to be [higher]. I’m not so concerned about what they said, as maybe what made them say it."
—Dodgers manager Joe Torre, on Brian Cashman talking to players during the season.
"I don't see the same player I saw last year. Maybe it's early, maybe that's what it is. It's not just Matt. I haven't seen it across the board, with rare exception. I don't want to make this [only about] Matt Kemp. The Dodgers are 8-12. We have more errors than anybody in the league, maybe in baseball. We're last in fielding in the league. This team a year ago was in the top three in hitting, pitching, defense. We're in the top half hitting, the lower half pitching and the bottom defensively. If they had a category for execution, we'd be in the bottom half of that, too."
—Colletti, on Matt Kemp's performance this year.
"He has a chance to be the best Dodger in the history of the franchise. He has the ability to do that."
—Colletti, after speaking with Kemp regarding his comments. (Ken Gurnick, MLB.com)
FOR CHRISTMAS HIS KIDS WERE REDUCED TO DISCOUNTED JUAN PIERRE UNIS
"I grew up poor. I'm a pretty frugal person. I don't like to have ridiculous waste. I was raised to be wise and prudent and not overpay."
—Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White, on his team's approach to acquiring talent.
"There's a difference between cheap and wise. I like to think we're wise."
"For Pittsburgh and Kansas City and all those teams that have outspent us, what do their fans have to be happy about? They're still going to have 18 or 19 losing seasons in a row. We're not."
—White (Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times)
A THIRD BASEMAN IN NAME ONLY
"I think at some point when you start getting older, you really have to do the extra things. You've got to get in that whirlpool, you've got to stretch, and really work hard to keep your flexibility before you get out there on the field."
—Former Braves outfielder Brian Jordan, on Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones.
"And I'm not sure if he's dedicating himself to doing that. He's so used to—you know, I played with him so long—just sitting around and waiting for the game, and take a couple jogs and go play. But as you get older, you know, you cannot do that. You've gotta go the extra mile to be ready to play."
"It's kind of a lose-lose situation for Brian, because he played with me and he knew my routine back then. Yeah, I would just show-and-go. The difference is now I am taking more precautions to get myself ready to play and he's not in the clubhouse anymore. He doesn't see that any more."
—Jones, on Jordan's comments. (MLB.com)
HE MAY NOT BE MUCH ON THE MOUND, BUT HE REMAINS BASEBALL'S LYRIC POET
“There’s no end to the list I could make for all the things that I felt were wasteful tonight. I think I got a little bit too greedy in this first start."
—Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, through his interpreter, after his season debut was marred by a six-run fifth inning.
“After that first home run in the fifth inning, I felt it was such a waste. After that I felt like I moved along and I didn’t think that I let it drag on in my mind for too long, but if you look at what happened, I guess you can come to the conclusion that maybe that’s what happened.”
—Matsuzaka, on getting discouraged by a Ty Wigginton home run in the fifth inning of Saturday's start.
"I think I did have the right amount of nervousness going up to the mound. So I think that was a positive. I think my pitches themselves, like I said, were pretty good, but there are some adjustments that I do need to make. If I’m not able to make those adjustments before my next start, I think you can continue to see negative results. So I really have to do what I have to do between these next starts.’’
—Matsuzaka (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe)
"One of his enormous talents is to make everybody feel comfortable and make you feel you can engage in what I like to think of as witty repartee with the leader of the free world."
—Yankees executive Jean Afterman, on her quip to President Obama during the team's Monday White House visit.
"It seems like whoever we give the ball to other than Tyler, before we get to Tyler, gets in a little trouble and we end up having to call on Tyler. We're going to have to ask other guys to step up and get that job done. We can't use Tyler Clippard at this pace."
—Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, discussing his reliance on reliever Tyler Clippard. (Charlie Nobles, MLB.com)
"That's the way it is–good for him, enjoy it. I wish he could do that for me–he was a horseshit player for me. He was very bad for me."
—Ozzie Guillen, on Nick Swisher's success with the Yankees. (Anthony McCarron, New York Daily News)
"I’m sure I have; I’m sure everyone has. You don’t even think about it. I see guys cross the mound all the time. You just run the quickest way. If it’s across the mound, it’s across the mound."
—White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, on last week's controversy over Alex Rodriguez running across the mound to return to first base after a foul ball. (Joe LaPointe, New York Times)
"I’m a law-abiding citizen, so it’s just the way it is. We’re not supposed to smoke here, and I won’t do it. I’ll try to find someplace outside somewhere, I guess, but I think you’re not supposed to smoke at all in the park. … It’s legal to smoke a cigar up there, but you can’t smoke a cigarette in a cigar bar. I’m not into making the laws and everything. I’m into abiding by them. I’ll just have to do what I can, and I’ll be fine. I’ve got till 6 a.m. It might be two cartons. I don’t know."
—Tigers manager Jim Leyland on new smoking regulations in Comerica Park. (Chris Iott, Grand Rapids Press)
Alex Carnevale is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus.