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Gee, its lonesome in the outfield. It's hard to keep awake with nothing to do.
I pitched and I played the outfield.
The secret of my success was clean living and a fast outfield.
I was nicknamed Skeeter in Little League because I was small and fast, like a mosquito flying across the outfield.
I loved running. I can catch everything in the outfield. I could throw people out from the fence.
You can't win if nobody catches the ball in the outfield. You're only as good as the team you have behind you.
I'll win more games playing everyday in the outfield than I will pitching every fourth day.
The outfield is solid, so is the catching and the infield.
I am a lefty, though I bat right-handed... When I was a kid I pitched, played first, outfield and shortstop as well. Now it's mainly softball with some friends.
Switching to the outfield was the best break I ever got.
The reason we had an all-black outfield in '51 is Don Mueller got hurt, so Hank Thompson was a legitimate replacement. So what? People talk about, 'You're the first to do this. You're the first to do that.' Don't dwell on race all the time.
One reason outfielders don't have stronger arms might be they don't practice as much as we did. Most teams today don't take outfield practice. Another reason is baseball has to compete with other sports now - basketball, football, soccer - for the better athletes that might have more skills and stronger arms.
Carl Yastrzemski was the best all-around player. He could run, throw and hit. He had the ability to play a number of different positions. He signed as a shortstop. He could play the outfield, of course, and third base and first, too. He was a tremendous athlete. Mickey Mantle was unbelievable, too.
When I was young, it was fun being in the locker room and shagging balls in the outfield in spring training. But I couldn't keep my attention on the games for more than 30 minutes. I would sit there with my Game Boy the whole game.
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