Building a baseball team is like building a house. You look for the best architects, the best builders - and then you let them do their jobs.
Baseball is about talent, hard work, and strategy. But at the deepest level, it's about love, integrity, and respect.
I was trying to land an 18-year-old strapping first baseman from Blanco, Texas, population 200. His name was Willie Upshaw. It turned out there were only three scouts who knew about Willie - Dave Yocum and I working for the Yankees, and Al LaMacchia from the Atlanta Braves.
Texting is a lot like an answering machine. If you don't want to talk to somebody, it's like screening your calls. To me, it's a way of communication, but not one that I favor.
My label in Toronto was Stand Pat and I think that was a fair assessment. I tried to be patient, but if a trade came along - big or small - that I thought should be made, I would make it.
I was lucky to go to work every day for 50 years, to a job that I loved.
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