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CUBA


"This is something that Bud [Selig] and I have been talking about
for years. Now that it has been made part of a policy announcement by
the president, we need to sit down and talk to all the parties
concerned. If everybody is satisfied, we can go forward."

Peter Angelos, Orioles owner


"I came to this country to have freedom. I wouldn’t want to go
back to play in Cuba and have part of my salary go to Fidel."

Livan Hernandez, Marlins pitcher


"My family fled Cuba 28 years ago because my parents wanted a
better life for us, myself and my brothers. They wanted to give us a
better chance. My dad is aware of everything that happened. He is
anti-Castro and so are we. For me to go back there goes against
everything we stand for and believe in."

Rafael Palmeiro, Rangers infielder


SIGNINGS


"Greg [Cadaret] is a quality veteran left-handed reliever with
experience that will help strengthen and modify our bullpen."

Kevin Malone, Dodgers GM


"Bill [Swift] will come to camp in the mix for the fifth starter
job. He pitched well for us last season and he’s a veteran pitcher who
has had success in the past as both a starter and as a reliever."

Woddy Woodward, Mariners GM


"I’ve talked to his agent a couple of times. I don’t want to sign
Jim Eisenreich unless we can almost assure him that he’s going to be
on the club. I think that’s the proper thing to do."

Herk Robinson, Royals GM


THE REST


"It was just a pretty good year the way I look at it. I got the
first year out of the way and had some luck and was able to experience
the whole playoff atmosphere. I think that’s the most important thing
at an early age — to have that experience. It was a fun season and I
was just sorry to see it end."

Kerry Wood, Cubs pitcher


"When I started out in baseball, the furthest thing from my mind
was ever being in position to be considered for the Hall of Fame. When
Red Murff signed me out of high school, I had no idea if I had the
ability or talent to make the big leagues."

Nolan Ryan


"I don’t believe we can take another work stoppage. We need
different ways to solve our problems."

Bud Selig, MLB commissioner


"I think we made some good changes, some improvements, but the
thing we’ve got to have is some chemistry. We’ve got to get
together and stay together, and get on on same page."

Tony Womack, Pirates infielder