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A man has to have goals - for a day, for a lifetime - and that was mine, to have people say, 'There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.'
Actually punching is a mistake; a heavy hitter will cut you with one shot.
I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice.
There's only one way to become a hitter. Go up to the plate and get mad. Get mad at yourself and mad at the pitcher.
Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is 80% of being a successful hitter. The other 20% is just execution.
It helps if the hitter thinks you're a little crazy.
I'm always amazed when a pitcher becomes angry at a hitter for hitting a home run off him. When I strike out, I don't get angry at the pitcher, I get angry at myself. I would think that if a pitcher threw up a home run ball, he should be angry at himself.
A pitcher has to look at the hitter as his mortal enemy.
There has always been a saying in baseball that you can't make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter. More than you can improve a fielder. More mistakes are made hitting than in any other part of the game.
If there was ever a man born to be a hitter it was me.
What is life, after all, but a challenge? And what better challenge can there be than the one between the pitcher and the hitter.
When I wake up in the morning, I don't think of myself as being better than anybody else. I think of myself as a good hitter.
You would be amazed how many important outs you can get by working the count down to where the hitter is sure you're going to throw to his weakness, and then throw to his power instead.
You should have seen Willie Wells play shortstop: as good as Ozzie Smith and a better hitter. How I wish people could have seen Ray Dandridge play third base, as good as Brooks Robinson and Craig Nettles and all of those. He was bowlegged; a train might go through there, but not a baseball.
Preparation is very important. The pitcher is going to do his job and prepare for you, so you as a hitter must do the same. I always watch videotape of pitchers before the game and even sometimes during.
One game, one pitch can change everything for a hitter. The way I like to approach it is that every at-bat is its own unique opportunity to go out there and do something really good.
The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid, and if he is timid, he has to remind the hitter he's timid.
Playing shortstop is 75 to 80 percent anticipation, knowing the hitter and the pitch being thrown.
The bigger the game, the better I liked it. Not that I was about to let anybody know I was excited. I approached every game the same way. One pitch, one hitter at a time.
I don't think I'm a home run hitter. Most of my home runs are line drives. If I hit it, thanks God. But it's not the kind of thing that I think about. I just go out there and try to have a better season than I had before. Home runs are not in my mind.
There's been times where I've come out of the bullpen thinking I was going to throw a no hitter, and I've lasted two or three innings. So I try not to use my pre-game warm ups as a barometer of how I'm going to pitch.
Ted Williams, an extraordinary hitter in his day, has said the swing starts in the hips, and Sosa arrived with one of the strongest lower bodies in the game.
There's different kinds of laughs. It's like a baseball lineup: this guy's your power hitter, this guy gets on base, this guy works out walks. If everybody does their job, we're gonna win.
There is no doubt that because I am a switch hitter I have one of the best offensive advantages that a hitter can have.
I was the most powerful left-handed hitter in the Alameda area.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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