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"I played it the way I play here when the wind is blowing in, as it was
today. We played ‘small ball.’ Sometimes, when you do that, all you need to
get a good rally going is a walk and a sacrifice bunt or two."

Don Baylor, Cubs manager

"My arm feels fine. It might be a little dead. It might be a little tired,
but from what I understand about dead-arm, you throw through it. If you take
time off, I think that just hurts you."

Kane Davis, Rockies pitcher, on being placed on the DL

"Chances are Arizona won’t drop off because they’re a veteran club. They’ve
already overcome injuries. They’re too good to falter."

Jeff Kent, Giants infielder, whose team actually overcame a
veteran Arizona club just last year

"These young guys are between 23 and 25 years old. When I was that age, I
pitched 300 innings."

Larry Dierker, Astros manager

"I’m not as protective of the young pitchers by nature as some other
managers or general managers might be. I feel like as long as they are not
overthrowing or throwing awkwardly where they might hurt themselves, I’m
inclined to let them go if they are getting people out rather than count
pitches or innings."

Larry Dierker, Astros manager


"You can’t do that. First of all, now we don’t have to this year. Second of
all, we’re trying to win not only this year but to be consistent winners for
years to come. Inevitably, if you use relievers for 90 games, there is a
long-term effect. If it doesn’t hurt them that season, it surely will the
next or even the second year after."

Lou Piniella, Mariners manager, on over-using pitchers


"If we do trade Fred McGriff or Greg Vaughn, I don’t think you could judge a
deal purely from a standpoint of who we get back… We would be moving a
significant amount of salary for years to come."

Chuck LaMar, Devil Rays GM, introducing his amazing new bargaining

"My belief is that a double is much better than a home run. When a guy hits
a double, you have to pitch from the stretch."

Tony Muser, Royals manager, after a loss to the Tigers


"I don’t own this club."

Billy Beane, A’s GM, on why he has not yet signed Jason Giambi

"There’s a guy out here named Miceli who says he was just called up to the
Rockies. Should I let him in?"

–message received by the guard at the Rockies clubhouse door, 35 minutes
prior to a game

"I’m going to ask them what they think about our club. When you compete
against us, what do you think? Get a little feedback from them and try to do
a little bit of scouting, try to gather as much information as you can."

Tony Muser, Royals manager, on his planned activities as an All Star coach

"We don’t lead the league in blown saves for nothing."

Jason Isringhausen, Athletics pitcher

"I really believe this: by the end of this year, Jason Kendall will be
hitting .320."

Lloyd McClendon, Pirates manager, predicting Kendall’s .390 second half

"Barry’s homers have helped us win games, but we need more."

Jeff Kent, Giants infielder

"We’re practically unbeatable at home, but one of the hallmarks of success
is taking care of business on the road."

Brian Sabean, Giants GM

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