Top 153 Quotes & Sayings by Famous Baseball Managers

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I knew we were in for a long season when we lined up for the national anthem on opening day and one of my players said, 'Every time I hear that song I have a bad game.'
There are countless ways of achieving greatness, but any road to achieving one's maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.
Nothing worth doing right is easy. β€” Β© Mike Matheny
Nothing worth doing right is easy.
A ballplayer has two reputations, one with the other players and one with the fans. The first is based on ability. The second the newspapers give him.
Be who you are. If you're comfortable leading, you're comfortable. And if you're not, it's OK.
Those who feel they are clean, go ahead and throw the first rock. If you're clean, if you have not done anything wrong or been accused of anything wrong, go ahead and start the show.
Half this game is 90 percent mental.
There's always a sense of pride you take out on the field to play your best every night you go out there. Sometimes your best stinks.
No human mind may measure the blessings conferred by the game of base ball on the soldiers of the Civil War. It had its earliest evolution when soldiers, North and South, were striving to forget their foes by cultivating, through this grand game, fraternal friendships with comrades in arms.
You don't win 114 games by being lucky.
If you don't change direction, you end up where you are headed.
George Brett could get good wood on an aspirin.
I've always said I'd rather see a club that's won 10 or 12 in a row than a club that's lost 10 or 12 in a row because they're tougher. β€” Β© Jack McKeon
I've always said I'd rather see a club that's won 10 or 12 in a row than a club that's lost 10 or 12 in a row because they're tougher.
Players from the Dominican Republic have a history of not playing well in cold weather.... The ball hurts their hands when they make contact.
If you're not prepared, it's not pressure you feel, it's fear.
The last time the Cubs won the World Series was 1908. The last time they were in one was 1945. Hey, any team can have a bad century.
I studied one term of law and then came to realize I had a little better fastball and curve than I did a vocabulary.
You can't really hit or miss on one outing.
If you want to be a leader, the first person you have to lead is yourself.
Just try to keep your head above water until the boys get back. It's as simple as that.
I don't know what my expectations are. It's like the word 'potential.' Those two words don't mean a whole lot to me. We can't please everybody. Certainly, we have to please ourselves first.
If experience was so important, we'd never have had anyone walk on the moon.
Boys, baseball is a game where you gotta have fun. You do that by winning.
There's no pressure in baseball. Pressure is when the doctor is getting ready to cut you, take your heart out, and put it on a table.
Performances will determine who actually ends up being the eighth-inning guy.
There's no comparison to me. There's nothing like Yankees- Red Sox to me.
The reality is it's still in our hands. We have to play four real good games against the Angels. If we take three of four we're still two back and then we'd need help. We'd still be breathing, but we'd need help. We'll shoot all our bullets to try and win that game (Monday) and worry about the next day when we get there.
All I do is write their names on the lineup card and let them play. It’s not a tough job. I haven’t misspelled one name yet.
I don't know how anyone can put on a uniform and not care about winning.
There is no chance of night baseball ever being popular in the bigger cities. People there are educated to see the best there is and will stand for only the best. High-class baseball cannot be played at night under artificial light.
There is no room in baseball for a clown.
The game of baseball is made up of many little things. If we do all the little things right, then we'll never have a big thing to worry about
I think Barry Bonds was in a unique situation given his injuries from a year ago, the fact that he played in just 14 games. Even though I spoke to Barry in December and he was enthusiastic and excited about the possibility, I think the closer he got to the reality of spring training, and as he got himself in shape for the regular season and the San Francisco Giants, he felt like it may be too much of a challenge to try to push his body at this point in his career.
It's always an honor to work with the Twins Community Fund and be a part of all the good that they do. They help people in so many ways. To be part of not only a baseball team, but being a part of something where you're helping people who need help, that's what life is all about really.
I am truly honored because I know, obviously, what Bob meant to the Twins. I always told myself, when I put a uniform on for the first time in 1998, that I'm going to give everything I have.
Well, boys, it's a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.
A baseball field must be the most beautiful thing in the world. It's so honest and precise. And we play on it. Every star gets humbled. Every mediocre player has a great moment.
One of the Internet's strengths is its ability to help consumers find the right needle in a digital haystack of data. β€” Β© Jared Sandberg
One of the Internet's strengths is its ability to help consumers find the right needle in a digital haystack of data.
There was some discussion, but nothing got close to being a reality. They asked for a lot and got a lot (from the White Sox).
Why certainly I'd like to have that fellow who hits a home run every time at bat, who strikes out every opposing batter when he's pitching, who throws strikes to any base or the plate when he's playing outfield and who's always thinking about two innings ahead just what he'll do to baffle the other team. Any manager would want a guy like that playing for him. The only trouble is to get him to put down his cup of beer and come down out of the stands and do those things.
Any game where a man 60 can beat a man 30 ain't no game.
It's amazing what you can do in this game with a heart and a brain
We're playing for our lives now.
(Greg) Maddux is a master. He carved us up. He didn't give us anything good to hit.
As they say in the rodeo business, he just drew a tough one. There were a lot of positives for Jason to take out of this. He put us in a position to win.
Security is something when you don't have any confidence and you want somebody to pay you when you don't do the job.
When I was a kid, I used to play marbles. I know some of you think I've lost mine.
People buy products for what they can do, not for what they are. β€” Β© Buck Rodgers
People buy products for what they can do, not for what they are.
I tell him, "Attaway to hit, George."
There are two differing approaches and they have different virtues, the method of talent management and recruitment.
Not bad for a bunch of castoffs and misfits.
I am convinced that in my own career I could usually have hit 30 points higher if I had made a specialty of hitting.
Baseball gives ... a growing boy self-poise and self-reliance. Baseball is a man maker.
I'm not mad at anybody. I'm not being forced out. It is what it is. I have no reason to lie.
Sometimes the manager must perform with the courage and agility of a circus performer, carefully crossing the highwire between short-term problems and long-term objectives.
Professional baseball is on the wane. Salaries must come down or the interest of the public must be increased in some way.
IBM doesn't want its people to get frustrated and restless because it has them reaching for carrots they can't quit
While every body wants it, most don't want to give it.
One thing I hear from fans is, 'My Dad's got one foot in the grave, and he wants to see the Pirates win ' I've heard that more than anything. That's our goal.
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.
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