ESTES HITS CLEMENS
"It was just for fun. It would have been shame or loss of face if it did
not go over the fence."
—Byung-Hyun Kim, Diamondbacks pitcher, on side-arming the ball from
the last out in a 9-5 win over the left-field fence in Yankee stadium from
behind the mound
"He’s hit a little snag lately. He’s a five-tool player. It’s a matter of
doing it every day. In my opinion, average is the most overrated thing in baseball.
To me, on-base percentage is probably the most important thing, particularly for a
guy at the top of the order."
—Lloyd McClendon, Pirates manager, on outfielder Chad Hermansen,
who owns a .298 OBP
"I feel he’s ready. He’s 24 years old. These guys are going to be your
future. You’ve got to expect mistakes from young players. He hasn’t really made
a lot of mistakes. He’s just trying to get his offense together. I can’t say
what’s the right thing, but if I’m a GM and got a young guy like that and I’m
thinking that he’s my future, I’ve got to let him find it."
—Delino DeShields, Cubs infielder, on Bobby Hill
"I sat near Scott Eyre in the bullpen and he was always talking. He talked
my ear off. Finally, I called Buck Martinez one night and told him to pitch me
or (Eyre) more because I couldn’t stand it. I was traded the next day."
—Dan Plesac, Phillies pitcher, on why he was traded from the Blue
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