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Baseball skills schizophrenically encompass a pitcher's, a batter's and a fielder's.
In the olden days, the umpire didn't have to take any courses in mind reading. The pitcher told you he was going to throw at you.
I never knew how to throw a fastball, never learned how to throw a curveball, a slider, split-finger, whatever they're throwing nowadays. I was a one-pitch pitcher.
I'm not really a pitcher; I just play one in the movies.
I don't mean to diminish the job, it's a good job and a real pressure job. But I don't think a relief pitcher should ever be the most valuable player of a league. We only play in maybe half of the games. Being a relief pitcher means part-time employment. We're bench players, and bench players shouldn't be M.V.P.
When Bryan Price taught me how to throw a changeup, he made me see myself. All my life, I've been the equivalent of a fastball pitcher - trying to use blazing speed and brute force to wow the people around me.
The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real.
Baseball can be slow in many ways. The action starts with when the pitcher delivers the ball. But the action really starts when the crack of the bat happens.
Cal Ripken, Jr.
Every pitcher can beat you, it doesn't matter how good you are.
And then when I went to stay in '68, I can honestly say that I was not focused on my career and on what it took to be a major league pitcher and to be a starting pitcher.
I played Little League. I was a 'pitcher.' But we had a pitching machine, so I was just basically an 'in-infield' shortstop because all I got to do was field bloopers six feet from the plate. I couldn't hit, so that was pretty much my entire job.
Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Balls and strikes are the basic tenet to everything in baseball. From the perspective of hitting, pitching, offense and defense, it's all about the strike zone and how the battle is waged there between the pitcher and hitter.
Tiger Woods, Larry Bird, Wayne Gretzky, a pitcher just before a game, I would imagine they all have nervous energy. But as you perform, the nervous energy dissipates and you start to relax and you start to do what you do best.
If you talk to any pitcher, consistency is the most important thing.
What's unfortunate about buying a pitcher for $12 million is that he carries no warranty.
AT&T Park, chalk it up. This is a great pitcher's park, great weather. It's a great place to pitch. It's all positive and no negative. You can go out and challenge guys. I've got the confidence to attack the strike zone and not nibble so much.
I never faced a pitcher with better stuff than Nolan Ryan.
Any pitcher who throws at a batter and deliberately tries to hit him is a communist.
Goose Gossage is a friend of mine, and he's definitely a Hall of Fame pitcher in my mind.
I'm a finesse pitcher without the finesse.
A pitcher will never be a big winner until he hates hitters.
I would say I was jock. I went to Sierra College. I was a big baseball player. Getting into the MLB was my dream - to become a left-handed pitcher for the Yankees. That's what I was hoping, but life kind of went the other way.
I was never a strikeout pitcher. Why should I throw eight or nine balls to get a man out when I got away with three or four?
What's important is to get into the pitcher's head: to know what he's made of.
I love both sports, but the deciding factor was, being a left-handed pitcher, I had a huge advantage in baseball because of that, and I didn't have that type of advantage in hockey.
John F. Kennedy
C. S. Lewis
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