"There’s no doubt in my mind that relocation is coming. It’s just a question
of when. I’ve always said that we need to solve the basic problems, and when
we solve the basic problems we can then turn our attention to relocation."
—Bud Selig, Commissioner of Baseball
"We’ve been looking for a hitter of this caliber for quite some time. We’ve
been talking periodically with the Dodgers about Gary for the past year and
were delighted we were able to get it done."
—John Schuerholz, Braves general manager, on trading for outfielder
"It’s like he stabbed me in the back. He said, ‘We made a trade today and we
got Sheffield.’ I was like, ‘Wow! Cool. Improve the team. That’s awesome.’
Then he said, ‘You were involved in the trade.’ And I said, ‘You gotta be
—Brian Jordan, Dodgers outfielder, on hearing the news from Schuerholz
"I’m still really just shocked. There’s no loyalty in business. There’s a
way to do things, and a way not to do things. To find out like that? My
agent didn’t even know. It’s a stab in the back but another lesson to learn.
They put me on a mission."
"That’s one of the difficult parts of this job. When you have a deal you
think is the right deal for your club and you have to tell good people like
Brian Jordan they’re being traded, it’s difficult."
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"I told him we have 40 men on the roster, we’ve got young players and we
can’t deprive them. He understands that."
—Syd Thrift, Orioles vice president of baseball operations, on why his
team turned down outfielder Rickey Henderson
"We moved some strikeouts in the deal and added a couple of players who
don’t strike out. This gives our offense a different dimension. We’re
trading a home-run dimension in exchange for hitters who don’t strike out."
—Dean Taylor, Brewers general manager
"I think I’ll be able to play at this level for a while. How many years, I
don’t know. I can’t say I’m going to drive in 140 or 150 runs every year. I
don’t think anybody in the world can say that. But I think I can maintain
—Bret Boone, Mariners infielder, after signing a three-year, $25-million
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