MARLINS LET BLOOD, GET NEW BLOOD
"We haven’t laid off anybody. In this transaction, all we’re guilty of is being loyal to our employees that we have."
—David Samson, new Marlins president, after the entire player-development staff was laid off so that the Expos player-development
staff could take over
THOUGHT I’D JUST STICK THESE TWO NEXT TO EACH OTHER
"The current public perception of Enron is incompatible with the honesty and integrity embodied in baseball, as America’s national
pastime, and espoused by the Houston Astros."
–Motion filed by the Houston Astros to get their stadium naming rights back from Enron
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"There are a lot of things I’ll miss about playing baseball, but I realize I can’t do it forever. I’m at that point where I can’t
play at the level I would be happy with."
—Kevin Tapani, ex-Cubs pitcher
"We need a leadoff hitter. Jerry’s talents lead you to think he could be a prototypical leadoff hitter. He has speed. He’s an
aggressive base runner. But Jerry also had a .305 on-base percentage last year. So obviously there are some things Jerry needs to do
—Mike Hargrove, Orioles manager, on infielder Jerry Hairston
"I don’t want to put any undue pressure on him. I want him to play like Shinjo can play. We want him to be Shinjo. Everyone wants
the leadoff man to walk more. Not everyone is a walk-type person."
—Dusty Baker, Giants manager, on outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo
"If Delino doesn’t pan out, who are they going to use as their leadoff guy, Bobby Hill? Just imagine what their lineup would be like
if they had me and Ricky [Gutierrez] back."
—Eric Young, ex-Cub infielder
"He’s still sitting there."
—Tony Bacala, Ascension Parish Chief Deputy Sheriff, on Devil Rays farmhand Toe Nash, arrested on charges
of aggravated rape, aggravated crime against nature, and felony theft
"He’s an outstanding defensive player and a quality hitter. And he only has three years in the big leagues, so he should get
—Syd Thrift, Orioles vice president of baseball operations, on outfielder Chris Singleton
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