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You never had the opportunity to play with some of the great ballplayers, but being that close around them, and being in the same category, was a great feeling, to feel that vibe of all the best players who played the game.
All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill.
What I found fascinating was just how quickly the best of the young Negro League players were drafted into the major leagues once Branch Rickey broke the color line by hiring Jackie Robinson. It was clear that all of the major league owners already knew the talents of the black ballplayers that they had refused to let into their league.
Walter Dean Myers
Two kinds of ballplayers aren't worth a darn: One that never does what he's told, and one who does nothin' except what he's told.
Give me some scratching, diving, hungry ballplayers who come to kill you.
The greatest manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are.
I just loved to play. I liked to study the other ballplayers. I could talk about it for ages, because I played professional ball for 20 years, and I was still learning when I quit.
All ballplayers want to wind up their careers with the Cubs, Giants or Yankees. They just can't help it.
As a professional writer of detective stories, I string along with the ballplayers. I love a ball game.
If you don't need umpires out there, and you can put robots out there, then why do we need ballplayers?
The people who run the game, they are the ones who want to change it and make people believe that it's different somehow. It's not different, the only difference is that some ballplayers today have a chance for a four- or five-year contract and they can make big money.
Ballplayers, like everyone else, like to get told they did something right.
It's the same with the ballplayers. Babe Ruth spent a lot, too and the ballplayers make a lot more money now.
As far as actors go, you're not going to find many ballplayers better than me.
D. B. Sweeney
I think that the game is the game. I think that expansion is good for the game because it gives more jobs to the people and more ballplayers can play, but I think the game is still the game. The ballplayers, they come into the game with one thing in mind - it's their job.
When there were just eight teams in each of the big leagues, I was always told, 'It's hard to come up, but it's just hard to stay in the big leagues.' That's because there's always somebody. The Cardinals had so many minor league clubs and had so many good ballplayers.
What I say about actors is you always want to find an actor you can play ball with. You throw the ball at them and you want them to throw it back. Your ball playing is a lot better when you play with good ballplayers, like any sport. Every actor I know feels the same way.
People in real life don't get ballplayers' humor, the way we talk in the clubhouse.
Sammy Sosa? Everybody knew who Sammy was, paid attention to Sammy. I had already signed in pro ball when he had the great homer year with Mark McGwire in '98. But I followed it, and I was proud of him because he was my countryman. There are a lot of great ballplayers from the Dominican, and he's one of the best.
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