THINGS MUST CHANGE
"I’m not ashamed of anything that’s happened to create this situation. We’ve wanted to win. We’ve worked hard here. We’ve
improved a lot of people but we’ve got to win baseball games. And I understand that."
—Tony Muser, Royals ex-manager
"Baseball needs a new economic system. There is nothing that exists that gives the Minnesotas of the world a chance to compete.
The NFL and the NBA have systems that do work. There are restraints, there are salary caps and there is revenue sharing."
—Jerry Colangelo, Diamondbacks owner, on the first-place Twins
DAVEY, DAVEY JOHNSON
"I think you get tired of being fired after a while, or not knowing when you’re going to get fired. It doesn’t seem to matter
sometimes how well you’re doing, because if ownership or management is on a different timetable, you’re out. Maybe if they could
tell me I’d work for three months and then they’d definitely fire me, I’d do it. Well, no, not really."
"It’s calm aggressiveness. Work the hitter as best you can. Get good pitches to hit and don’t swing at a breaking pitch until
the pitcher has proven he can throw it for a strike. A lot of pitchers don’t throw first-pitch strikes and even if they do, you
should have enough confidence to give them one."
—Tommy McCraw, Expos hitting coach, on his team’s new philosophy
"He made enough money off me to buy a boat; he better be happy for me."
—Jose Rijo, Reds pitcher, after receiving a congratulatory telegram from Dr. James Andrews,
who performed five elbow surgeries on Rijo
"I know the time he spent on the bench today he was taking a lot of grief, so he was probably glad to just get in the ballgame
and get away from his teammates for awhile. I heard Wally Pipp mentioned at least 100 times on that bench today."
—Bob Brenly, Diamondbacks manager, on outfielder Luis Gonzalez missing a start and pinch-hitting
"I wanted to see him throw a no-hitter worse than you guys. I think he’d rather have a good arm next year rather than a
—Bobby Cox, Braves manager, on pulling pitcher Damian Moss after seven no-hit innings
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