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DODGER SHAKE-UP, LAST WEEK


"I never thought I’d get fired."

Fred Claire, former Dodgers GM


"Everybody is numb right now. You just go out there
and play. You just go to the park and hope you still
have a uniform to wear."

Eric Karros, Dodgers infielder


"[Tommy Lasorda is] just killing me and Fred [Claire]
with the Fox people. Fred knows it. I know it. And
there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s just tough to
work under these conditions. Tommy’s just vicious when
he wants something. He did the same sort of thing when
he was a coach under Walter Alston and wanted Alston’s
job."

Bill Russell, former Dodgers manager, before


"I don’t know if I’m bitter. But I know I was
disappointed with the way things turned out. Do you
know how disappointing it is to be there so long and
then for everything to end like it did?"

Bill Russell, after


"That’s not to say I wasn’t comfortable with
Billy [Russell], but it’s easier to be more comfortable
with someone else around."

Paul Konerko, Reds infielder


"With the way the team has been playing, I decided
that a change was necessary. The team just wasn’t
performing up to it’s capability, and I wasn’t
comfortable staying with the status quo."

Bob Graziano, Dodgers president


"I told Bob Graziano that I would always be there
for him in whatever he needed me to do, and this is
what he needs me to do now. There is a lot of talent on
this team, and I’m going to challenge every one of
these players to do everything they can to help this
team."

Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers GM


DODGER SHAKE-UP, THIS WEEK


"The Dodgers have made so many changes that it’s
not really the same team it was when I was there."

Orel Hershiser, Giants pitcher, on facing his
former team


"Each day’s a new adventure."

Glenn Hoffman, Dodgers manager


"I turned down seven teams asking for Konerko.
The one guy I wanted, I had to give up Konerko to get
him."

Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers GM


"Obviously, we wish the timing was a little
better. First we lost our opening-day starter on the
eve of opening day, and now we lose our only All-Star
representative just prior to the All-Star game, and
that’s difficult."

Jim Bowden, Reds GM


THE ALL-STAR GAME


"I looked at the fan voting three days ago and saw
Felix Martinez ahead of me. I’m like, ‘What do I have
to do, kick somebody in the face?’"

Pat Meares, Twins infielder


"It’s the fans’ game. The fans have the say. They
have control. You’re trying to market the game to the
fans, and this is a way to get feedback on who they
want to see and who they want to be there."

Cal Ripken Jr., Orioles infielder


"I love Kerry Wood, and I know it’s exciting for
baseball and all, but he didn’t deserve to be on this
year, in my opinion."

Jim Leyland, Marlins (and NL All-Star) manager


"It’s going to be a kick just being in the same
locker room as Ken Griffey and Roberto Alomar."

Damion Easley, Tigers infielder


"I’m honored every time I’m named, but really,
it’s for my boys. I just kick back and they get to
have all the fun."

Roger Clemens, Blue Jays pitcher


"If they ask me, I’ll do it. In Colorado everyone
has a shot."

Omar Vizquel, Indians infielder, on the home
run derby


THE REST


"This is a good fit for [Bip Roberts]. He’s from
Oakland. He could help out at a couple of different
positions for them. And obviously we’re paying a large
portion of his salary. There’s little or no downside
for Oakland."

Randy Smith, Tigers GM


"When you’re going as bad as we are, you’re got to
get your mind occupied by something else. You have to
get away from baseball."

Roberto Hernandez, Devil Rays pitcher


"The only guy who can break the [home run] mark is
Mark McGwire. He’s the man. I’m just another kid trying
to play good."

Sammy Sosa, Cubs infielder


"I drive more people crazy when I don’t play.
Instead of driving the other team crazy, I drive my
own team crazy."

Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners outfielder


"If you can’t learn from those guys, then you’re
brain-dead. They’re a fountain of information. If you
can’t pick their brain and learn something, you’re just
not trying to be a pitcher."

Alan Embree, Diamondbacks pitcher, on his
days with the Braves staff


"Home runs are emotional. Fans become excited when
they see them. My job is to knock in runs. I like to
see guys on base, and I enjoy doing my job."

Juan Gonzalez, Rangers outfielder


"I feel the same thing every pitcher feels the day
after he throws. But nothing out of the ordinary. I
feel good when I throw a lot of pitches."

Livan Hernandez, Marlins pitcher


"I’m of the opinion that he deserves another
chance. If he screws it up, it’s adios."

Gord Ash, Blue Jays GM, on signing Tony
Phillips


"I don’t think I was a bad hitter. A lot of people
talk about my glove, but I’m a good player. When I go
to the plate I’m not afraid to fail."

Ozzie Guillen, Braves infielder


"By nature, I count things. Not absolute to the
exact. But I keep a rough track. You only have so many
throws, so many games. So you don’t want to use them
up."

Trevor Hoffman, Padres pitcher


"There are many rumors out there. People see the
last year of my contract, but my intention is to remain
in South Florida."

Dave Dombrowski, Marlins GM


"I know I need to be more consistent. I’m not
frustrated but it bugs me when I don’t do better. I
want to do better. At least I’m seeing progress now;
I’m not going backward."

Karim Garcia, Diamondbacks outfielder


"I’m not too optimistic. If we conclude in the
days ahead that we’re not going to make a run at the
playoffs, then we will make the moves necessary to
ensure that we are prepared to win in 1999."

Peter Angelos, Orioles owner


"I think playing football at Nebraska really
helped. Playing in front of all those people and on
national television in pressure situations, it was a
really good learning experience for me. I think it can
only help me with the situations I encounter in the
future."

Darin Erstad, Angels outfielder