I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.
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.
During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at-bats a season. That means I played 7 years without ever hitting the ball.
The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.
Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.
How can you think and hit at the same time?
They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball. And they tell you to hit it square.
Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back.
Don't forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball.
I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it.
Hitting is fifty percent above the shoulders.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.
Slump? I ain't in no slump... I just ain't hitting.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.
Well, boys, it's a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square.
I only have one superstition: I make sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.
He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious.
I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?
There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them work.
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.
Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen.
I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.
The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he's timid.
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