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“I was only here for a month with Maddux… But some of the stuff he’d talk about, I had to try to forget–because I didn’t understand what he was talking about. I thought he was talking about baseball, but I’m not sure. I guess I’m just a simple guy.”

Jaret Wright, Braves pitcher, on former Brave Greg Maddux (

“Way too many balls found the wall… or found their way to the backside of the wall.”

Clint Hurdle, Rockies manager, on Denny Stark’s 3.1-inning, 10-run performance (

“I could have thrown the kitchen sink up there and they would have hit it.”

Jason Grilli, White Sox pitcher, on his three-inning, 14-hit, nine-run performance (

“Those are the types of games you just want to get over with–and make sure your players get a nice suntan.”

Ozzie Guillen, White Sox manager, on Grilli’s performance (


“There isn’t enough sake in Japan for that… Not right now. But we are better. And we are going to be competitive.”

Lou Piniella, Devil Rays manager, on whether the D-Rays will be in the World Series this year (

“All I know about Japan is what I saw in ‘Mr. Baseball.'”

Rocco Baldelli, Devil Rays center fielder, on playing the season opener in Japan (

“If you get there enough times, you’re going to (advance)… I think every team going into the playoffs has at least a 10 percent chance of winning it all, and even the best team has no better than a 15 percent chance. It’s a crapshoot, and I love saying that because it (upsets) everyone. It’s just like the NCAA Tournament.”

Billy Beane, A’s general manager, on the playoffs (Arizona Republic)

“The fact is we just want to get there, and there’s going to be a year when our team is probably maybe the worst team in the playoffs, but through some luck or circumstance, we’ll go farther than we should. And there have been years when we’ve had a better team and haven’t gone on.”



“Chemistry is very important. I remember a few years ago when I was with the Giants, a guy told me there was no such thing as chemistry. I said, ‘Well, there is no such thing as chemistry when you don’t have any.’ But for those that have it, it means a lot.”

Dusty Baker, Cubs manager (Chicago Tribune)

“Dusty and I give (chemistry) a lot of thought in the off-season. It’s not just talent. We try to get as many guys as we can that we feel are winning-type players. As Dusty does such a marvelous job of blending the guys over a 162-game schedule, that’s important.”

Jim Hendry, Cubs general manager (Chicago Tribune)


“Throwing 100 doesn’t hurt, but Kerry Wood has an excellent curveball, and he’s throwing a slider. Mark Prior has the ability to locate the fastball, and he has a very good curveball. Carlos Zambrano throws hard but has tremendous movement. He doesn’t have to use that many off-speed pitches because his fastball sinks so much, he gets a lot of ground balls or swings and misses. The velocity stands out, but these guys have other weapons.”

Brad Ausmus, Astros catcher, on the Cubs’ rotation (New York Times)

“On ESPN I saw Harold Reynolds didn’t even know the Cubs had a closer. Didn’t he say the Cubs are going to try a closer by committee? I don’t get any recognition as it is, so I guess I shouldn’t expect any. Whatever. The only thing that bothers me is that a lot of times, it always seems to be a question.”

Joe Borowski, Cubs closer (Chicago Tribune)


“I feel like I’m a leadoff hitter, and that’s where I’m comfortable. I don’t feel comfortable nowhere else.”

Kenny Lofton, Yankees outfielder, on being moved to ninth in the lineup (

“A lot of guys are very open talking about their own players and other teams’ players, We’re not like that. I never appreciate how open people are to feed ESPN or Baseball America. People learn about your organization from the outside. Peter Gammons doesn’t call me–they know better. I’m not on the call sheet. I know that information isn’t off the record. It’s being traded and bartered all around.”

Brian Sabean, Giants general manager (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

“We’ve said from the beginning when we traded Richie (Sexson), we’re trading home runs for doubles and the ability to manufacture runs… Doubles are almost better. I mean, home runs are great, but when you’ve got guys who smack those doubles, you’re in good shape, you’ve got a lot of guys in scoring position.”

Ned Yost, Brewers manager (Madison Capital Times)

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