I played seven 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.
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.
Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.
NO MAN CAN AVOID BEING BORN AVERAGE, BUT NO MAN HAS TO STAY AVERAGE.
You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
Slump? I ain't in no slump... I just ain't hitting.
How can you think and hit at the same time?
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.
The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.
It's a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square.
It ain't like football. You can't make up no trick plays.
Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.
How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.
I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.
Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.
The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen.
A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.
Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.
I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice.
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.
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