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“Today is a statement by all umpires that it’s time for a change. We want
a union that is run by umpires and advised by attorneys.”

John Hirschbeck, umpire

“The other union won. I’m upset.”

Jerry Crawford, former union president


“We walked away from more money from other places. But that’s not what it
was all about. As soon as I saw Arizona was interested in me, I wanted to
see how interested. If they were real interested, that’s where I wanted to

Russ Springer, pitcher, on signing with the Diamondbacks

“With his relationship with Tony [La Russa] and myself, I think this will
be a great addition to our staff. It’s another great resource for us as we
try to put together a championship organization.”

Walt Jocketty, Cardinals GM, on hiring Jim Leyland as a

“I don’t think I was a good major league manager anymore. The fire was gone.
I was burned out. It wasn’t just one thing, it was built up.”

Jim Leyland


“I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for two years considering the
type of run I’ve had with the Yankees. To me, it’s not trying to maximize
the dollar value of the contract. It’s the security of two years.”

David Cone, free agent pitcher, on negotiating with the Yankees

“I could go somewhere else and maybe get the saves record, but winning is
more important. I’ve decided to stay. I’ll put the personal achievements

John Franco, free agent pitcher, on his desire to stay with the

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes back, and I wouldn’t be surprised
if he goes to Seattle.”

Steve Phillips, Mets GM, on John Olerud


“Deion’s two years older than when we last had him, but if anybody could
do it, I guess he’d be the one. I think he made the right choice going to
football full-time, but had he chosen baseball, I really believe we’d be
talking about a leadoff batter along the lines of Rickey Henderson or Tim
Raines, the unique speed-and-power guy.”

Jim Bowden, Reds GM, on Deion Sanders

“We have some guys who have a little experience in closing a game. It takes
a certain individual to take the psychological pounding that you take as a

Terry Ryan, Twins GM

“I knew a while ago that this was probably going to be it. The way the
season went, the way my season went, it seems like it’s just time.”

Willie McGee, on retiring

“The last 10 years have been hell for me. I survived because I’m a survivor.”

Pete Rose, former player

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